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Re: Fedora not "free" enough for GNU?



2008/9/19 Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams <ivazqueznet gmail com>:
> On Thu, 2008-09-18 at 08:58 -0400, jude ui wrote:
>> And to repharse my question - Can't you guys reselse the firmware as
>> opensource - are they prosperity drivers? (correct me if I'm wrong)
>
> The firmware is not Fedora's to release. The hardware vendor releases it
> as a binary blob due to at least one of 3 concerns:
>
> 1) Regulatory issues
>
> Hardware vendors need to prevent end-users from modifying the firmware
> so that the hardware can not be driven outside legal ranges.
>
> 2) Intellectual "Property" issues
>
> Hardware vendors don't want other hardware vendors to know how they run
> their hardware so that their design can't be copied or stolen.
>
> 3) Inability to build
>
> Firmware is usually code for some PLD or ASIC, which needs specialized
> (and EXPENSIVE) compilers to build. Most people are unlikely to be able
> to turn the source into the firmware.


Only 3 seems valid to me. But I at least understand 1 and 2.


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