[Mageia-dev] free software purity question

Johnny A. Solbu cooker at solbu.net
Thu Jul 19 15:19:42 CEST 2012

On Thursday 19 July 2012 15:08, Christiaan Welvaart wrote:
> Why are you talking about *drivers* when the remark you quote is about 
> *firmware* ? Some open source drivers don't work (well) without them 
> loading non-free firmware into the device.

Because it is the same issiue. I treat firmwares the same as I treat any other software. if a device can't work without installing a package contaning non-free firmware, I'm not using it.
In order to use it I might need to install a non-free software package (rpm, deb, tarball). How is that any different than a driver? Both have to be installed by the user. (yes, yes, the default might be to have them preinstalled in some distros, that is not the issiue.)

Johnny A. Solbu
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