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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Repeat after me: firmware blobs are not binary drivers. Firmware blobs are not part of the kernel. Firmware blobs are not part of the OS. Firmware blobs are not run on the CPU.

You're confusing "binary drivers" with "binary firmware". They are not the same thing. You are arguing about the wrong thing.

Repeat after me: Copyright restricts distribution. Unauthorized distribution of firmware is not different from drivers or music or books.

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