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: This is a solved problem.
by WereCatf on Tue 9th Nov 2010 23:42 UTC in reply to "This is a solved problem."
WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

This is an old problem, that's already been mostly solved. I believe it's possible to disable binary blobs when you (or your distributor) build the kernel, and there already exist distributions that do this. This is a problem that already has a compromise solution in place.

As far as I know, most distros do offer several versions of kernels and there likely exists also one which doesn't ship with the binary blobs. And as you said, there exist whole distros dedicated to shipping only F/OSS software, no proprietary anything. And you know, you don't even need to disable the blobs anywhere: just delete them.

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boldingd Member since:
2009-02-19

It's more than just "some distributors pull them out." I do believe that, when you check out the kernel's source and run the configure script, it has a high-level option to not include any binary firmware blobs. An effective solution to this problem is built right into the kernel's make system.

Solutions to this problem don't just exist, they are well-supported and incredibly easy to use.

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