Quite apart from the geoblocking issue - there's a whole tonne of interesting recommendations in the draft report.
For those who aren't familiar, the Productivity Commission is a major Australian Government advisory body/think tank that conducts public inquiries into matters of economic policy. The Government requested a broad report into the economic effectiveness of the intellectual property system.
This report is a draft - the Commission is presently taking public submissions that will be considered for the final report later this year.
Highlights from the findings and recommendations:
All of which seems in line with what I consider sensible policy reform. Of course, whether the Government will consider any of these recommendations at all is a completely different question...
(Disclosure: IBMer working in Power Systems, opinions my own)
For the BMC, it appears that they're looking to use OpenBMC, a project started by Facebook and now being continued by IBM.
They're also going to use the OpenPOWER firmware stack - Hostboot for system initialisation, Skiboot for runtime firmware/BIOS and the OCC firmware for on-chip thermal and power management. All of this is Apache-licensed.
POWER8 processors do require an external CPU to boot them - either an IBM Flexible Service Processor or a third-party BMC. This is the case with all current Power Architecture server chips, though not with Power embedded (Book 3E) chips. Booting a POWER8 chip is a bit more complex than comparable Intel CPUs in this regard, but as far as I'm aware it's primarily a design choice to put the initialisation complexity in firmware rather than hardware.
Can't comment about the other components of the system - I imagine it'd be fairly challenging to find a hard drive with open source firmware, but I wish them luck... FSF will still certify them as Respects Your Freedom nonetheless, I imagine. I'm still quite excited by this machine, as POWER8 is definitely the best choice for a high-performance libre system.
My Debian unstable installation would beg to differ.
$ ps aux
root 24768 6.1 0.4 183832 34716 tty7 Ss+ Jan08 14:15
While on that topic, Debian also should be commended for joining OSI and embracing Open Source as well as their own FSG.
Well, the OSI's Open Source Definition was actually based off the DFSG, just with the Debian-specific references removed.
"The algorithm to do that is extremely nasty. You might want to mug someone with it." -- M. Devine, Computer Science 340