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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RE[2]: Well
by WereCatf on Wed 10th Nov 2010 01:00 UTC in reply to "RE: Well"
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Now Linus decides to ignore the GPL and distribute *my* code, along with evil proprietary code! I didn't want that - that's why I released my code under the GPL - and Linus didn't ask for my permission.

First of all, the binary blobs are not part of the kernel itself in any way or form: they do not run in the kernel, they do not run on the CPU itself, and they are not needed for any part of the kernel itself to function.

The only time the kernel uses the firmware blobs in any way is when it just uploads them to the hardware device, that's when the device executes it.

As such I just can't help but feel like someone is going for pure strawman arguments here.

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