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Re: [Fwd: Re: Fedora free software?]



Tom "spot" Callaway wrote:
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From: Richard Stallman <rms gnu org>

    I honestly wish we didn't have to have such a clause, but without binary
    firmware, the vast majority of wireless hardware is completely
    non-functional.

We have to recommend that people buy the only products that don't
require non-free firmware.  See the Hardware pages on fsf.org.
Can you help spread the word about this?

The link that RMS is referring to is here:
http://www.fsf.org/campaigns/hardware.html

I don't think there is any harm in Fedora recommending that consumers
purchase wireless products that don't require firmware. I'm not entirely
sure the best way to go about this, though.

While talking to some of the Fedora games SIG folks on irc earlier there was general reluctance to put out a Fedora games spin which I was advocating for as a show case for all the nice games we have in the repository . The major reason is that 3D games require proprietary drivers to function on many systems and having just 2D games wouldn't be that appealing. If we include 3D games and users can't run them out of the box in a games spin on many systems that would just appear broken.

The solution I thought of was having a driver buddy similar to codec buddy with the major difference that it wont install anything or add pointers to the location of the drivers but warn/educate users on alternatives. If they install the spin on systems where we do not provide have 3D acceleration by default which translates into everyone of these systems with ATI and Nvidia cards then we provide a quick notification on their desktop directing to more information pointing on what chipsets/systems work out of the box in Fedora with full 3D acceleration which translates mainly to the ones with Intel chipsets.

Extending this we could do something similar for systems which require binary only firmware with or without redistribution rights.

Rahul


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