> Linux kernel developers are not profiting from the firmware blobs in any way
Why would they have put them in, if it's not to their (presumed) advantage?
I can't count the number of times I heard phrases such as if we take out these blobs, nobody is going to buy our distro.
No profit motive? Sorry, I beg to differ vehemently.
Furthermore, it seems like the denial has focused mainly on the thin objection that Open Core is a business model, so if there's no separate sale, the criticism doesn't apply.
Last I looked, neither Free Software nor Open Source Software had to do wtih price, but rather with freedom. With that in mind, let's look at Phipps' article and Oliver's statement and see whether the objections to Open Core raised by them, particularly the ones we quoted in the announcement, disappear just because the profit or other advantages saught out of either deception is indirect, shall we?