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Comment Free System Licence (Score 1) 359

Lots in our community want to be able to purchases devices that have all the source code available.
The FSF itself has championed 100% free OS's, and also tried to promote hardware devices that protect users freedom.

If there is binary blobs on a device then whoever controls the blobs has power over "good" developers and their users. The fewer binary blobs the more concentrated that power becomes, and therefore becomes harder to eliminate.
This is becoming more of a problem as software gets distributed in an aggregated form (firmware, images) rather than as individual components.

The GPL says "mere aggregation" of copyleft software with binary blobs is ok, is it still ok ?
Is it time for a new license that articulates the wishes of those who want 100% free software ?

Comment Re:ROI (Score 1) 61

They have spent money or research developing the HARDWARE. Hardware is useless without software.

Spending money on hardware and not software is like designing a car without an engine.

Open source drivers allows them to provide a better "user experience" on Linux platforms, but more importantly it enables "peer review" of the driver which helps to indentify bugs, promotes trust, and provides a better "user experience" on some platforms (ie Linux).

So yes we are talking about open source, and we are talkign about financial benefits to AMD.

Comment Take his own advice (Score 4, Interesting) 283

How about facebook just stop using flash and switch to html5 like youtube has.
Or do i need to put my tinfoil hat on and speculate why certain influential groups might want a large proportion of the internet dependent on a binary only browser plugin.
(yes yes in theory there is open source flash plugins, but nobody uses it because its mostly broken).

Comment Twisted logic (Score 1) 546

"This removes intelligence capabilities that have existed throughout the Cold War, and which may have helped to prevent a 'hot' nuclear war. Have the actions of Snowden, and, apparently, the use of weak encryption, made the world less safe?"

Its a twisted mind that thinks to be safe a country need to invade the minds of other nations rather than earning their respect and admiration.

Trust is the most valuable attribute, spying destroys trust.

Dont blame the messenger.

Comment Their release process; (Score 1, Funny) 66

As part of AMD's QA process they first submit their driver and sample hardware to the FSF and debian for rigorous testing.
Once approved it will be submitted to Linus for inclusion in the official kernel.
Only when all parties are satisfied the product is stable and efficient and all 3 major OSS's will QA sign off on release of the product.

Oh wait, no, that isnt the plan at all.

When a fellow says, "It ain't the money but the principle of the thing," it's the money. -- Kim Hubbard