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: Well
by bert64 on Wed 10th Nov 2010 09:06 UTC in reply to "Well"
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These binary blobs are primarily firmware for various hardware devices... The alternative is that the firmware is stored on a flash chip on the device itself, however this would increase the price of said devices.

Either way you end up running the binary code, although at least with it being loaded by software you have the potential to modify it more easily.

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