Really free Atheros driver for Linux
Posted Nov 16, 2006 4:17 UTC (Thu) by proski
In reply to: Really free Atheros driver for Linux
Parent article: SFLC: OpenBSD Atheros driver is clean
What's going to stop a bad guy from lying to the driver what country he is in? How can the driver or even a userspace deamon know it's not running in Japan if the root says so? And then the bad guy runs an AP in the 4.9 GHz band to jam first responders.
Technical restrictions are no substitute to law, morale and common sense. They can protect honest people from honest mistakes, but closing the source goes far beyond common sense. It's a typical case of security through obscurity with an additional effect of hobbling free software.
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