Well, this is better...
Posted Nov 9, 2010 0:34 UTC (Tue) by khim
In reply to: Yup - this will finally clear any doubt...
Parent article: FSFLA: Linux kernel is "open core"
Does anyone seriously believe that Linus and other kernel developers wouldn't prefer NOT to ship binary blobs, if they could? Most of them spent their life releasing their source to general public. What possible motivation would they have for "bait-and-switch" here? Money? Fame? Power? Please.
Well, the offenders here are usually hardware vendors and I'm not sure what drives them, but I suspect all three factors play a role. But the linux developers condone this situation so even if they are not actual felons they certainly can be counted as participators.
I think members of FSFLA should do themselves and all of us a favour by rewriting all those binary blobs as free software. Yeah, I know - not as easy as writing a trashy press release, bashing folks that work hard on REAL problems every day.
That it's not as easy is not a problem - harder things were done. That it's not as effective is a problem: if there are thousands of people who are contributing to the problem and only few who are fixing it then it'll never be fixed. Non free components are increasing faster than they're being replaced as was corectly pointed out...
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