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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I'm a practical guy, but...
by amadensor on Tue 9th Nov 2010 23:29 UTC
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I would really prefer if the source to this firmware was available. This is for two practical reasons:

1) If the hardware company folds, we have a plan B.
2) I can see if they are doing secret things with my data in there.

That said, I understand that it may not be possible, so I'll just buy hardware that doesn't need them whenever possible.

Note to hardware vendors: If you want me to buy your stuff, release proper open drivers and firmware source.

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