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Re: Fedora Freedom and linux-libre



On Jun 18, 2008, Anders Karlsson <anders trudheim co uk> wrote:

> * Alexandre Oliva <aoliva redhat com> [20080618 21:50]:
>> On Jun 16, 2008, Hans de Goede <j w r degoede hhs nl> wrote:
> [snip]
>> > Not being able to ever change the firmware is good,
>> 
>> It's not.  Being Free to change it would undoubtedly be better.

> So what's stopping you?

Lack of information.

> Go buy the programming manual for the chip,

It's not available.

> or discuss with the chip manufacturer to get the specs

They don't want to provide them.

> as there may not be a programming manual along the line what you
> find with say an Intel CPU.

There is, but they choose to keep it to themselves.

> As the firmware may be written from scratch in hex, that may be your
> *only* option.

That's fine, as long as the firmware *is* written from scratch in hex.
If not, the vendors are artificially and unethically depriving me of
information.

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