binary only kernel modules
Posted Nov 3, 2006 0:47 UTC (Fri) by drag
In reply to: binary only kernel modules
Parent article: New distribution: gNewSense 1.0
Yes especially since the FSF stance is more of a moral one then legal.
Even Debian has non-free and contrib repositories. To RMS and Friends this is akin to 'pushing' propriatory software onto users. Instead of, say working on the free gcj stuff, they add propriatory java to non-free and tell people to use that intead.
That sort of thing.
It's nice to have this gNewSense thing. I had the similar thing happen to me between running Debian on my x86 and PowerPC computers.
Now as far as most of Linux goes it's completely identical between the two machines. Even when syncing up my home directories between the two systems I ran into very few incompatabilities.
But non-free software doesn't work on PowerPC generally. So I realy got to see how much I needed propriatory software vs completely free software.
As it turns out I need very very little non-free software. Out of all the drivers and programs that are provided by propriatory software developers the only ones that I use on a regular basis are Flash and Wolfenstien Enemy Territory.
Other then that, thats it. That is the only problems I have with my PPC system.
gNewSense will be nice since it will illistrate what is actually lost if all of a sudden Linux distributions were suddenly completely Free... And the answer for most people is 'not much'.
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