Linked by ddc_ on Thu 2nd Feb 2012 23:22 UTC
Slackware, Slax There are different reasons people use Unix-like operating systems, including configurable, availability free of charge, powerful command line interface an many more. Some people are motivated by the moral issue: they reject non-free software. Specifically for such users Free Software Foundation developed Guidelines for Free System Distributions and created the list of absolutely free ("as in freedom") distributions. In this article we are going to look at the most recent entry on the list - Parabola GNU/Linux.
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RE: Nonfree firmware
by bert64 on Mon 6th Feb 2012 13:28 UTC in reply to "Nonfree firmware"
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2007-04-23

Indeed, most hardware has firmware and most of it is proprietary... Even processors now have microcode.
The need for firmware loaders is purely down to reducing cost, as its cheaper than putting a flash chip on every piece of hardware.

So long as the interface to load the firmware, as well as the driver itself is open and the firmware only executes on the hardware itself and not on the host system it's not any worse then having it stored on the device itself. If anything it's possible an improvement since it becomes easier to modify the firmware.

That said, i would still prefer a device with open firmware, but do any such devices exist?

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