Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Nov 2010 22:24 UTC, submitted by koki
GNU, GPL, Open Source Now this is interesting. We see what is at its core a very valid concern, in practice not a problem to anyone, and, thanks to the tone of the press release, close to trolling. The Free Software Foundation Latin America is complaining about something that has been known for a while - there is some non-Free code stuck in the Linux kernel (mostly firmware). A valid issue of concern from an idealogical viewpoint, but sadly, the tone of the press release turns this valid concern into something close to trolling.
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by WereCatf on Tue 9th Nov 2010 22:34 UTC
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Purists want one thing, practicalists want another thing. But the truth is, it's easier to just opt out from using those binary blobs than it would be for random people to find them when they happen to need their devices.

Still, I don't quite think having binary blobs in the kernel source tree is even an issue in the first place, what is an issue is this: do they have permission to distribute those binaries? If they didn't have I'd understand all this ruckus, but however if they indeed do have all the needed permissions then there is absolutely nothing to complain over!

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