[Simh] ka655/ka655x + copyright/licensing issues

Tim Shoppa tshoppa at wmata.com
Wed Aug 29 11:32:06 EDT 2007

Peter suggests:
> I was wondering if it would cause any problems if the debianized version
> of simh checked for the existence of the firmware on boot or start up or
> at configuration time (happens as part of the installation) and if it
> couldn't find the firmware, printed out the exact URL at which it could
> be found.
> Or perhaps even downloaded it for the user (after he/she has accepted
> it), similar to how sun java and microsoft fonts are handled in debian.

You know, during prohibition in the US, you could still buy stills for making your
own booze, that came with very detailed instructions on the things you SHOULD NOT DO
to make sure that you didn't make your own alcoholic beverages. The manufacturers
were very explicit about including every step on the SHOULD NOT DO list just
to make sure you didn't accidentally make alcohol because, well, that would
be illegal, and you wouldn't want to do that!

Of course, the SHOULD NOT DO is exactly what you do if you want to make
your own booze!


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