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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> I prefer the fixable, loadable firmware, over the kind that is burned unfixable into ROM.

So do I, with the caveat that it doesn't come with an over-restrictive license.

Firmware in ROM is, well, already in ROM, it was purchased together with the device and no copying or processing is involved in making the device work. OTOH, firmware distributed with drivers is subject to licensing terms, which may prevent people from distributing it along the opensource drivers. To me, as long as the blob is freely redistributable, it is as good as firmware in ROM.

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I assume that Linus Torvalds is savvy enough to keep the blobs that are shipped with Linux above board. The last thing the kernel project needs is a copyright claim with merit.

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