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[2]: Clueless
by Lennie on Tue 9th Nov 2010 23:55 UTC in reply to "RE: Clueless"
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Well, the FSF runs computers with a free BIOS (read firmware) at their offices as well. They want a completely free stack. If their is a bug in the firmware, you want to fix, you need the source. Simple as that. That is how the FSF got started.

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RE[3]: Clueless
by brynet on Wed 10th Nov 2010 00:14 in reply to "RE[2]: Clueless"
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A lot of the basic functionality is written in microcode/firmware.. and rewriting this manually for every device in existence would be unbelievably tedious, and for smaller microcontrollers the resulting "free" replacements would probably be identical given the constraints of the hardware.

Documentation for writing drivers and loading firmware is what is needed from companies.

As has been repeated here, firmware is not the same as a binary blob kernel driver.

Edited 2010-11-10 00:17 UTC

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