Fedora Freedom and linux-libre

jeff moe at blagblagblag.org
Mon Jun 16 06:57:03 UTC 2008


Hans de Goede wrote:
> Really, arguing that Fedora's stance is inconsistent, while in reality 
> yours is doesn't gain you much respect. Either:
> 
> 1) all firmware is software and must be free in which case support for 
> evil hardware which comes with the firmware embedded must be removed 
> from linux-libre!

No, because the goal of linux-libre is to have a kernel which doesn't 
distribute non-free software.

> 2) all firmware is considered part of the hardware, independend of the 
> distribution mechanism of that firmware (the Fedora pov).




---> No, the difference is Fedora is *DISTRIBUTING* the non-free bits.  <---




In fact, I don't even care that much that they are distributing the non-free 
bits (e.g. like RedHat), it just extra annoying when they *CLAIM* they are 
distributing free/open source software when they are not and they *KNOW* they 
are not.

If they were distributing non-free hardware we would all complain to them, like 
many on this list do about nvidia and such.


-Jeff




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