gNewSense makes sense
Posted Feb 4, 2007 20:28 UTC (Sun) by mikov
In reply to: gNewSense makes sense
Parent article: gNewSense makes sense
I am sorry but that is really very unconvincing. How does it change the end result, except that in one case the hardware is more expensive and more difficult to maintain ?
Case A: The firmware is in EPROM/FLASH. The product works but is $15 more expensive and firmware bugs are somewhat more difficult to fix. The users, the kernel developers, the world, couldn't care less about the firmware since it is practically unaccessible to them, so they happily use the product.
Case B: The firmware is a binary blob, which the copyright holder has given permission to distribute unmodified. The product works. Again, the users and the kernel developers don't care about the firmware because it is practically inaccessible to them.
I can't imagine any reason, be it legal, technical or otherwse, why Case A is preferable. I would be embarrassed to explain to any of my not-so-technical friends that the free software community is wasting time with such nonsense. Ideology loses credibility when it is used to fight a meaningless cause, especially when there are plenty of _real_ causes worth fighting for.
to post comments)