The only people in the world who care about this are the 10 people on LWN who are trying to push their politics. 99.99% of the world does not know this exists until their wifi diver breaks because the fsf was trying to prove a point. Now they have to find the correct firmware out of tree and load it themselves. That is the kind of stuff that scares away new users.
I love Linux, open source, and playing with my hardware, but in the end I would prefer my hardware works.