I got confused too initially
Posted Apr 29, 2004 2:34 UTC (Thu) by farnz
In reply to: Thank you for correction!
Parent article: Being honest with MODULE_LICENSE
When I first heard about the LinuxAnt fuss, I also wrongly assumed
that it was both DriverLoader and the Conexant modem stuff (having
taken care to ensure that there are free drivers for all hardware in this
machine). I still agree with rjamestaylor; LinuxAnt should be penalised
by people who care about freedom of software for trying to bypass the
usual rules, whether or not their intent was honourable.
I know this isn't Slashdot, and
I'm probably preaching to the choir, but I don't feel that anything that
helps Linux adoption is always beneficial. Part of the point of Linux for
me is that it's free
software in RMS's sense, and as such, people who for whatever reason
do not wish to keep to the freedom side of things deserve penalising. The
rules exist that allow you to co-exist adequately with those of us who
don't buy devices that require binary-only drivers, and if you start
bypassing them, I'm going to be unhappy.
My personal setup includes machines of 4 different processor
architectures; I have both 64 and 32 bit systems, with both little and
big endian byte orders. If I install free software on one, I know that
it'll work on the others, provided I'm prepared to debug it. I like to
have it made clear to me when I'm installing non-free software, so that I
know that it may not work on any other machine I posess. LinuxAnt's trick
has potential to confuse me if I'm not careful and rely on kernel
tainting to spot non-free drivers, and for that reason I feel they are
morally in the wrong.
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