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The trouble with firmware

The trouble with firmware

Posted Jan 8, 2011 20:08 UTC (Sat) by marineam (guest, #28387)
Parent article: The trouble with firmware

What I don't understand is why making the firmware hard to find improves their "inducing the user" issue. Either way the kernel is asking for the non-free firmware. If the existence of non-free software is so offensive that the very mention of it by a piece of free software is unacceptable they why haven't they just removed all of the drivers that depend on the firmware from their kernel tree?

If a user of Linux-libre has the crazy notion that wifi is nifty then they can compile/install a "non-free" mainline kernel and Linux-libre need not even acknowledge that a website called "" exists. This dancing around fully supporting the use of non-free firmware while pretending not to by only acknowledging it as "the-file-that-must-not-be-named" baffles me.

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