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Re: Fedora Freedom and linux-libre



* Les Mikesell <lesmikesell gmail com> [20080618 15:49]:
> Andrew Haley wrote:
[snip]
>> So, let me summarize: we have a bit of binary-only fimware that does
>> goodness knows what in a critical part of our systems.  We don't actually
>> need this firmware; it may or may not improve performance.  Is this right?
>
> I don't know if this is correct or varies from device to device but my  
> assumption was that most devices would have a version of firmware  
> installed when shipped and the drivers are updating to current versions.
>
>> It sounds to me as though we're better off without it, regardless of its
>> status with regard to the GPL.
>
> Perhaps, if you like old buggy versions of firmware...

But Les, it's *much* better not to have the patched firmware. Apart
from pissing off enterprise customers (and seriously, who cares about
them, leeches and scum as they are, ignoring our high horses and
principles) you also have benefits such as:

 * an excuse to rant, rave and throw stones at the _obviously_
   incompetent NIC manufacturers that shipped the buggy firmware in
   EEPROM on the cards in the first place! (We never write buggy code,
   oh no Sir, and besides, if we write crap code and you complain
   about it, we can tell *you* to fix it, as you have the code!)

 * a justification to further spew bile on any and every mailing list
   in existance about the evilness of binary blobs, because they could
   never ever ever have been created with any other intent than take
   away or god-given right to have full access to everything! (But we
   won't argue that toss with the Government as they may shoot back.)

</sarcasm tongue_firmly_in_cheek="yup">

/Anders


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