Yup - this will finally clear any doubt...
Posted Nov 8, 2010 23:38 UTC (Mon) by khim
In reply to: FSFLA: Linux kernel is "open core"
Parent article: FSFLA: Linux kernel is "open core"
As I understand it, this whole firmware/ directory is likely moving out around 2.6.38, so all the non-free binary blobs that are currently in the kernel will be gone.
What? Will they remove it?
Well, gone to a file outside of linux-2.6.xx.tar. RSN, the Linus tree will be free of non-free software. :)
Ah. So this will finally clear any and all doubts. As was pointed out by authors of the article
Free Bait, or Open Core as first coined by Andrew Lampitt, is a
licensing strategy that combines Free and non-Free Software: the
distributor offers, under non-Free terms, premium features that are
not available in the Free, typically copyleft, core.
And after this big cleanup we'll have two packages: Linus's tree (which contains only free software) and tarball with "premium features" (and the first tarball will conveniently include hooks for the second one which are useless without it). Classic, textbook execution of open core strategy!
If anything the article is a little early: today Linux kernel mixes free software and proprietary software so it's not obvious that it's open core, after this cleanup it'll be quite easy to see.
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