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Freedom Issue #375

[virtualbox-libre] contains BIOS which needs a nonfree compiler to build from source

mtjm - almost 9 years ago - . Updated almost 9 years ago.

Status:
fixed
Priority:
freedom issue
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Description

See the src/VBox/Devices/PC/BIOS directory in the source archive. The VBoxBiosAlternative.asm file is generated from C sources compiled using the OpenWatcom compiler which has a nonfree open source license (it is not included in Parabola).

dosemu is already blacklisted for the same reason.

Debian moved it to contrib, lembas reported it at https://trisquel.info/en/forum/virtualbox#comment-39916.

We should build it using a different compiler or remove the package (both Bochs BIOS and SeaBIOS are built using different, free, compilers).

History

#2

Updated by Anonymous almost 9 years ago

virtualbox-libre was removed from the libre repo.

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