Request for comments
Posted Mar 4, 2010 4:50 UTC (Thu) by JoeBuck
In reply to: Request for comments
Parent article: Linux-2.6.33-libre released
Unfortunately, you will always be playing "out of sight, out of mind". Essentially every processor and every peripheral has firmware. Sometimes it's loadable, sometimes it's built in. I'm all for enabling people to program to the metal as much as possible, and I'm certainly concerned about what some of that proprietary firmware is doing. But in the end, the "entirely free" GNU/Linux based distros available today simply hide the problem, by only supporting hardware that does not allow its (completely hidden and proprietary) firmware to be replaced, plus the very few peripherals that have sufficient documentation to program for.
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