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: This is a solved problem.
by raboof on Wed 10th Nov 2010 01:17 UTC in reply to "This is a solved problem."
raboof
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This is an old problem, that's already been mostly solved. I believe it's possible to disable binary blobs when you (or your distributor) build the kernel, and there already exist distributions that do this.


Yes. AFAIK Debian distributes its kernels without binary blobs, but has the blobs available in separate, easily-installable packages in the 'non-free' section.

Seems like a fine solution if you ask me. Perhaps it'd be nice if kernel.org also started distributing the firmware as a separate package, wouldn't that end this discussion once and for all?

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