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[3]: Well
by raboof on Wed 10th Nov 2010 01:10 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Well"
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the binary blobs are not part of the kernel itself in any way or form

When I download linux-2.6.37-rc1.tar.bz2 , I find the firmware blobs inside. I'd say that makes them part of the kernel in at least *some* 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.

You could argue what happens at run time is irrelevant: the GPL governs distribution, not execution.

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

I honestly believe both sides of the story have some merit to it, and deserve to be mentioned...

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