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Re: Moglen on kernel firmware blobs

<quote who="Marco d'Itri" date="Sat, Jan 21, 2006 at 12:55:18AM +0100">
> http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9595_22-6028746-2.html?tag=st.next
> Moglen:
> 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.

Right. Moglen thinks that blobs in the kernel source are non-free but
not GPL violations. Unfortunately, I think the contentious issue lies
in his first claim, not the second.


Benjamin Mako Hill

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