FSFLA: Linux kernel is "open core"
Posted Nov 14, 2010 23:13 UTC (Sun) by anselm
In reply to: FSFLA: Linux kernel is "open core"
Parent article: FSFLA: Linux kernel is "open core"
Now, you may get as bored and stupid as you wish, and rationalize that a request might be hidden from the user by userland programs, and that ignorant users wouldn't know to look at log files to investigate and troubleshoot why their devices aren't working, and that they wouldn't know to search for the log filename in a web search engine and find the file along with a message that is biased towards accepting it without questioning or even thinking about it. If you assume users wouldn't do that, you'd again be mistaken, because the assumption is wrong.
Just so I get this right: You'd prefer if the Linux kernel was generally modified to the effect that the fact that driver X missed firmware blob Y not be logged in the first place, just so a clever Linux user won't go out of their way to obtain blob Y in order to make their system work. So your proposal is, in effect, to keep users ignorant of their options. They do not get the chance to make a conscious decision towards freedom because you have decided that this decision isn't really theirs to make, since you have made it already on their behalf without bothering to consult them as to their actual preference.
I'd say feel free to put together and publish a Linux distribution that works exactly like you describe. Those Linux users who are truly freedom-minded (in the sense of the FSFLA) will surely flock to it and it will thrive. But leave it to the rest of us to make our own conscious decisions as to what level of »freedom« we want to accept on our systems. Thank you.
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