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: Clueless
by 0brad0 on Wed 10th Nov 2010 01:46 UTC in reply to "Clueless"
0brad0
Member since:
2007-05-05

It's firmware, it not part of the Linux kernel and it does not run in the OS. Firmware != driver. Heck, even OpenBSD ships with firmware blobs. It would have been nice if the devices in question did not require firmware upload to work but in the end it doesn't really matter and it doesnt make Linux non-free.


But the difference is OpenBSD will only distribute firmware if it is under acceptable licensing terms.

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RE[2]: Clueless
by r_a_trip on Wed 10th Nov 2010 08:28 in reply to "RE: Clueless"
r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

Define acceptable licensing terms...

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RE[3]: Clueless
by lucas_maximus on Wed 10th Nov 2010 12:00 in reply to "RE[2]: Clueless"
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2009-08-18

http://kerneltrap.org/node/4118

Seems any firmware which can be redistributed without any contractual obligations.

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RE[2]: Clueless
by Soulbender on Wed 10th Nov 2010 14:55 in reply to "RE: Clueless"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Perhaps but these folks are against all closed firmware regardless of license.

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RE[3]: Clueless
by 0brad0 on Wed 10th Nov 2010 22:35 in reply to "RE[2]: Clueless"
0brad0 Member since:
2007-05-05

Perhaps but these folks are against all closed firmware regardless of license.


These people are complete idiots. Typical Linux users.

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