FSFLA: Linux kernel is "open core"
Posted Nov 15, 2010 11:32 UTC (Mon) by anselm
In reply to: FSFLA: Linux kernel is "open core"
Parent article: FSFLA: Linux kernel is "open core"
but rather more along the lines of “missing Free firmware for device”
I don't think this will keep people from checking the Internet to find out exactly what file they are missing, and installing that – so this is no more or less an »inducement« than posting the full name of the missing file. Your only real alternative is to post nothing at all, which I believe is ethically unsound because it tries to keep people from knowing their options.
Speaking as somebody who keeps Linux servers running for money, I would much rather see the kernel tell me exactly what a problem (any problem, not just loading firmware blobs) was in order to make it easier to fix, rather than post cryptic messages to the log that make me do extra detective work. If the missing firmware blob in question is non-free, let me decide whether I want it installed, and don't make my life more difficult by having me perform extra detective work in order to find out what it even is. (It would be naive to assume that little obfuscation games like hashing the file names would make a big difference here.)
As I said (and as you didn't reply to), feel free to publish a Linux distribution that adheres to your concept of »freedom« and see how you get on – but don't try, by getting the standard kernel changed, to force your concept of »freedom« on to those of us who can make our own decisions, thank you very much.
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