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Moglen on kernel firmware blobs



I would distinguish the blobs from the proprietary drivers in the
kernel. If the kernel's terms were unambiguously GPL, which they are
apparently not, (proprietary drivers) would be forbidden. The
blobs--though they are ethically objectionable to the Free Software
Foundation, which believes that users ought to know what's running--are
different because they are separate works when executed running in
separate computers. From the point of view of the GPL work called the
Linux kernel, they're just data.


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