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]: Not again... - flash chips
by fewt on Wed 10th Nov 2010 18:59 UTC in reply to "RE: Not again... - flash chips"
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Updating a firmware through a wizard is no more complex than installing an updated driver or app. Flash memory is also cheap; they should put the firmware in flash memory. Firmware can still be updated and does not have to exist within the driver bundle. Driver's return to being a basic bridge between kernel and hardware interface.


Drivers stopped being separate from the firmware with the release of the first winmodem back around 1994. Note that is *16* years ago. I don't think you can make the case that it should be changed when it has been a functional, and accepted method of delivery for 16 years.

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