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Those were also the options in the 80s for computers. A bunch of people decided that neither was acceptable, and now we have a third option: free software.
When we tell device manufacturers that blobs are acceptable, we get blobs. We need to say loud and clear that we won't accept blobs.
FSFLA: Linux kernel is "open core"
Posted Nov 9, 2010 6:51 UTC (Tue) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
you are saying that blobs loaded by drivers are not acceptable, but devices that contain the exact same blob in ROM or flash are acceptable (although, if the flash can be modified from the OS, the FSF may change and say it's no longer acceptable, but if it requires some special cable to plug into the board it is just as acceptable as ROM)
so something that nobody can change is accpetable, something that can be changed, but you don't have documentation on what is in it is not.
I (and many others) see the ability to load something in at startup time to be a step forward, it at least allows you to replace what was there once you develop an open replacement (and this has happened in a handful of cases)
Posted Nov 9, 2010 11:17 UTC (Tue) by kevinm (guest, #69913)
Posted Nov 9, 2010 15:13 UTC (Tue) by RobSeace (subscriber, #4435)
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