Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Oct 2006 20:44 UTC, submitted by jasper
Red Hat Red Hat has an NDA cooperation with Marvell for the wireless chips that they want to use for the One Laptop per Child-project. The idea of this is that both parties think Marvell will be more open in the future, but this is absolutely not the path they should walk, according to OpenBSD's Theo de Raadt. "I am getting really tired of 'open source' people who work against the open source community. Our little group can probably take credit for having 'opened up' more wireless devices than the rest of the community, and therefore we feel we have a better grasp of the damage OLPC has done here."
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RE: firmware distribution
by Redeeman on Thu 5th Oct 2006 21:51 UTC
Redeeman
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2006-03-23

i know that, firmware running on the device doesent make a difference if its simply something at runtime the kernel uploads, if it were permanently on the device it wouldnt be free either, however i believe its a mistake distributing it as part of the free OS. It could even lead to people thinking the vendors of devices where firmware is distributed is very nice, since they think its free because it works out of the box.

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RE[2]: firmware distribution
by Soulbender on Fri 6th Oct 2006 03:20 in reply to "RE: firmware distribution"
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2005-08-18

"i believe its a mistake distributing it as part of the free OS."

And pray tell, how do you use a web browser to download the firmware from the manufacturer when you cant use the NIC since, uh, you dont have the firmware?

"It could even lead to people thinking the vendors of devices where firmware is distributed is very nice, since they think its free because it works out of the box."

It is free. You're not seriously saying that all hw manufacturers should release all their firmware as open source, are you?

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