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: Well
by Janizary on Thu 5th Oct 2006 23:32 UTC in reply to "Well"
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OpenBSD doesn't distribute them, it redistributes them and those binary only firmwares are the same firmwares anyone uses, it is run entirely on the hardware, so it isn't based on just Linux 2.6.123 on i686, or whatever specific platform. A firmware doesn't have the problems inherent in a binary blob.

Whatever your moral scale may be, OpenBSD doesn't care, it works based on what matters, an uncontrolled chunk of code in the kernel is wrong, on the hardware is entirely normal - almost all hardware ships with it.

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