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: I'm a practical guy, but...
by phoenix on Wed 10th Nov 2010 00:10 UTC in reply to "I'm a practical guy, but..."
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Uhm, every single device in your computer right now, from the harddrive, to the NIC, to the graphics card, to the optical drive, to the mouse, to the keyboard, everything, is already running a binary firmware blob.

The only difference is that most firmware is "burnt" into the chip on the hardware at the factory. Some devices support loadable firmware, and that's the firmware that gets shipped on floppy, or as part of the driver, or with the OS, or with the kernel. Regardless of how its shipped, it's all the same.

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