> I agree it's important to inform users about the non-Free firmware built into their computers. I'll give some thought about how to do that.
It would be useful for someone to start cataloging what non-free firmware there is, and which alternative hardware you can purchase instead (if any) that has free firmware available. There is currently essentially *no* information about this problem available currently.
Things I can think of with Flash-based (upgradable!) non-free firmware in my computer for which there are to my knowledge zero devices with free firmware available:
- Hard Drive
- DVD Drive
- Ethernet card
- Video card (may not matter? Do the free drivers actually call any functionality in the non-free firmware?)
- LCD Display
Things that come with non-free firmware that people have started working on a replacement for:
- Motherboard (see coreboot project)
And I bet there's more that I forgot about.
I think it would greatly increase the credibility of linux-libre if it also advised users of the danger of using non-free firmware in all the above devices, as well as the devices that require firmware to be uploaded at boot. I bet most people don't even think about the dangers of the non-free OS running in their hard drive.