I'm sorry Greg, but thats simply not true. When manufacturers don't give permission to
distribute the firmware there is nothing distro's can do. This is esp. true with certain
wireless cards, making some of all the hard (and good) wireless work being done still not
result in a situation where things just work.
It would be great if you + someone from RedHat (together representing the 2 biggest Linux
firms) could try to negotiate redistribution rights for the firmware with these manufacturers.