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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On the one hand, it pisses me off royally when a piece of hardware refuses to work due to some stupid missing driver. Wireless cards, for example--which have pissed me off to extreme levels to where I just don't care any more, I'll take the blobs.

On the other hand, it seems that some FSF-approved distros do surprisingly well when it comes to compatibility with some hardware, and in some cases (somehow) manage to work with some hardware that refuses to work on just about any FSF non-compliant distro out there (including even Ubuntu and openSUSE).

I think my stance is that I'd rather be using a 100% "free" OS, but will tolerate some blobs if absolutely necessary. So far, those tend to be display drivers (nVidia) and wireless cards (Broadcom). To be fair, nVidia's proprietary drivers actually are very good and tend to be well-supported, but it can still be a pain in the ass to get them installed on some distros, or at least an inconvenience having to do so manually.

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