I talked with Alexandre [Oliva] a few months ago, and we decided to
change the way Linux Libre deals with outside nonfree firmware.
The current practice is to change the code to fail instead of
trying to load any firmware.
The change is to obfuscate the names of the firmware files in the
Linux source code. That way, if a user tracks down what firmware
to install and installs it under the name that the code wants, it
will. But Linux Libre will still not suggest installation of the
nonfree firmware file to handle a particular device.
-- Richard Stallman
on freedom through
The final BKL removal isn't really a big step forward for
Linux. It's more a symbolic gesture, but I prefer to leave those to
politicians and priests.
-- Andi Kleen
In conclusion: don't get surprised if technically inferior
propositions, such as proprietary 3D libraries coupled with
kernel-side interfaces, are met with strong or even vehement
opposition. Some people will be sufficiently moderated to tell you
that if you want to do such thing then you get to deal with it all
yourself and that they are not interested in any accommodation that
would help you. But it is clear that you will never get a
consensus for supporting such technically inferior solution in the
mainline tree, as from an Open Source point of view such a move
simply makes no sense.
Accepting such things in mainline would weaken the very principle
that as made Open source in general and Linux in particular such a
success, while refusing it isn't going to affect the survival of
Open Source anyway. The compromise here would be only in the
corporate world's favor. And as the past history has shown in such
cases, the Open Source way always ends up prevailing eventually,
despite the lack of corporate assistance.
-- Nicolas Pitre
Anyone can try shipping this and risk a lawsuit, and all copyright
holders of the kernel can try suing people that distribute such
code. Most sensible people stay out of both the shipping
questionable code and the suing part, but apparently the entire
mobile phone industry is already doing both, so we can just wait
and see if anyone has deep enough pockets to bring this up in court
-- Arnd Bergmann
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