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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Linux is Linus's kernel. He can do with it what he pleases. FSF doesn't have a working, widely used, & widely successful kernel. If they don't like how he manages HIS kernel project, then they can find another kernel to piggy-back off of. Or maybe they can use their own kernel. No, I guess they can't, since their kernel seems to be quite a bit stuck in the "All talk, no action" phase. Then I guess that means that they should shut up & sit down. If they made Linus mad enough, it's possible that he could remove future versions of the kernel from FSF space by changing the kernel's license. I doubt it would hurt him as much as it would hurt them. And before anybody gets butt-hurt over me calling it FSF instead of FSFLA, you should keep in mind that FSFLA is just a branch FSF.

Edited 2010-11-12 20:07 UTC

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