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]: This is a solved problem.
by asdf on Wed 10th Nov 2010 14:01 UTC in reply to "RE: This is a solved problem."
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Some firwmares have version dependency against specific drivers. There are cases where firmware for newish devices evolve quickly changing programming interface along the way. The drivers and firmwares need to be updated in lockstep in those cases. Distributing them together is just much less painful for everyone involved.

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