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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FSF Idiots
by OpenGLCoder on Wed 10th Nov 2010 01:52 UTC
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I guess it's easier to complain about how the people taking the risks (investing their money into developing products) provide access to their hardware than it is to get a completely "free" working kernel like GNU Hurd. Maybe they should quit whining and start writing some functional code.

Real people need to make a living. When you have folks paying for your living through their tuition in acedemia, you have the luxery of idealism. When it's your money that is at risk, then in my opinion, it gives you a lot of say as to how "free" and open you choose to make it. Others can choose not to use it. But standing up and critisizing Linus for including these folks' binary blobs that they can easily choose not to compile into their kernels seems like a complete waste of time, effort, and news headlines.

These people at the FSF really need to get a life.

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