> 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.
Felons? Offenders? Please. What crime has been committed?
Really nice that FSFLA is dragging Linus' name through the mud for a problem he and other developers cannot fix all by themselves (not even close). All the while Linus and Co are contributing ALL of their work to free software. Talking about hypocrisy...
> That it's not as easy is not a problem - harder things were done.
Yeah, and that's why I run Hurd.
If FSFLA want do something for REAL, they should then talk to the hardware manufacturers to free those firmwares. Or reverse engineer it. Or whatever else that WORKS.
Whinging about Linus being the bad guy just makes them look like spoilt kids that didn't like the latest toy they received.