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Linux/firmware/README.AddingFirmware

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  2         DO NOT ADD FIRMWARE TO THIS DIRECTORY.
  3         ======================================
  4 
  5 This directory is only here to contain firmware images extracted from old
  6 device drivers which predate the common use of request_firmware().
  7 
  8 As we update those drivers to use request_firmware() and keep a clean
  9 separation between code and firmware, we put the extracted firmware
 10 here.
 11 
 12 This directory is _NOT_ for adding arbitrary new firmware images. The
 13 place to add those is the separate linux-firmware repository:
 14 
 15     git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/firmware/linux-firmware.git
 16 
 17 That repository contains all these firmware images which have been
 18 extracted from older drivers, as well various new firmware images which
 19 we were never permitted to include in a GPL'd work, but which we _have_
 20 been permitted to redistribute under separate cover.
 21 
 22 To submit firmware to that repository, please send either a git binary
 23 diff or preferably a git pull request to:
 24       linux-firmware@kernel.org
 25 and also cc: to related mailing lists.
 26 
 27 Your commit should include an update to the WHENCE file clearly
 28 identifying the licence under which the firmware is available, and
 29 that it is redistributable. If the licence is long and involved, it's
 30 permitted to include it in a separate file and refer to it from the
 31 WHENCE file.
 32 And if it were possible, a changelog of the firmware itself.
 33 
 34 Ideally, your commit should contain a Signed-Off-By: from someone
 35 authoritative on the licensing of the firmware in question (i.e. from
 36 within the company that owns the code).
 37 
 38 
 39 WARNING:
 40 =======
 41 
 42 Don't send any "CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT" in your e-mail, patch or
 43 request. Otherwise your firmware _will never be accepted_.
 44 
 45 Maintainers are really busy, so don't expect a prompt reply.

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