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[3]: Not again... - "Winmodem"
by jabbotts on Fri 12th Nov 2010 20:58 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Not again... - flash chips"
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Yes, the Winmodem has been the posterchild for shit developed hardware. I'd suggest it as evidence that the driver+firmware is a consumer hostile and limiting design. Granted, my first introduction was about 16 years ago when helping a friend setup a BBs; "WTF.. where are the jumpers? How do I tell this where Dos+Renegade is going to talk to it?"

Mind you, my introduction to Winmodems was through there limitations rather than any benefit the design offered. Maybe a poor first impression but 16 years of experience since seems to confirm my sentiments.

But, even with 16 years of Winmodem.. there is no reason they can't go back to separate firmware and driver. Especially with flash chips available and dropping in price. If your harware uses firmware, give me a damned update utility that flashes it to the hardware and later flashes updated firmware images as needed. Stop artificially limiting my hardware choices with BS like driver bundled firmware and support for only one OS.

Actually, I don't really see a reason why more hardware can't function like hard drives. Somehow hard drive manufacturers manage to compete though they've all agreed on a standard hardware interface that any OS can implement.

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