Linked by ddc_ on Thu 2nd Feb 2012 23:22 UTC
Slackware, Slax There are different reasons people use Unix-like operating systems, including configurable, availability free of charge, powerful command line interface an many more. Some people are motivated by the moral issue: they reject non-free software. Specifically for such users Free Software Foundation developed Guidelines for Free System Distributions and created the list of absolutely free ("as in freedom") distributions. In this article we are going to look at the most recent entry on the list - Parabola GNU/Linux.
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RE: Nonfree firmware
by sakeniwefu on Sat 4th Feb 2012 10:34 UTC in reply to "Nonfree firmware"
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In old days all add-on cards had programmable memory on board to carry device firmware- nobody knew what license it had, now, to reduce costs there is no memory chip and all firmware is loaded into computer memory from module of kernel itself.


Thet's true and I tend to agree with the OpenBSD view.

Furthermore, while I don't know by which Law, I assume it's actually illegal to sell fully open radio transmitters as it'd be a quick way to make money with a cheaper product with 0 software development cost. Providing the firmware source on GPLv3 terms would basically mean that, so it just can't be.

However, as soon as vendors start calling iOS, Android or Windows 8 "firmware", it starts getting scary. As long as owning unlocked computing devices isn't illegal, I guess there's going to be something people like me to use, but the end of open mass produced computers is nigh.

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