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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Really, what needs to happen is for more end-user education into the differences between "device firmware" running on the physical device, and "device driver" running in the kernel as part of the OS. They are *very* different things, and the OSSness of one does not affect the OSSness of the other.

Correct - the distinction is that the firmware runs on the device's built-in processor utilizing its own "private" memory space. It should have no direct access to the host computer's processor/memory space without the kernel that is running on the host computer explicitly providing access to it via the driver.

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