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Why bother with Linux?

Why bother with Linux?

Posted Jan 6, 2011 20:42 UTC (Thu) by NAR (subscriber, #1313)
Parent article: The trouble with firmware

They have that Hurd thingy developed in the last two decades that I presume doesn't contain any evil firmware. Why don't they use it?


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Why bother with Linux?

Posted Jan 8, 2011 11:47 UTC (Sat) by drago01 (subscriber, #50715) [Link]

Again the "evil firmware" is located somewhere else too, the system does not become "100% free" only because the non free firmware is not stored on a particular medium (hard disk).

So removing it from the kernel or changing the kernel would not result into a "100% free system" but it will create a false impression. "As long as it isn't on my hard disk it does not exist".

Why bother with Linux?

Posted Jan 8, 2011 23:19 UTC (Sat) by vonbrand (guest, #4458) [Link]

OK, so the FSF will have to delete said oh-so-evil firmware files everywhere, and make sure they aren't referenced anywhere. Good luck with that!


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