[linux-elitists] Gutsy Gibbon to include strictly-free branch
Mon Apr 16 19:04:06 PDT 2007
On 16/04/07, Greg KH <email@example.com> wrote:
> > takes an ultra-orthodox view of licensing: no firmware, drivers,
> > imagery, sounds, applications, or other content which do not
> > include full source materials and come with full rights of
> > modification, remixing and redistribution. There should be no
> > more conservative home, for those who demand a super-strict
> > interpretation of the 'free' in free software. This work will
> > be done in collaboration with the folks behind Gnewsense."
> Hm, to do this properly it should only boot if you have linuxbios
> installed, but what's the odds that people will realize that...
That depends how nasty proprietary BIOS behave...
"Intel EFI is a DRM bios, since it has unlimited control of your
memory and I/O, and implements a full network stack. So the BIOS can
veto your I/O, and report your being veto'd over the network. By
design. I know people at banks who are very unhappy with this. They
thought they were running GNU/Linux and knew what the whole thing was
A few years ago Intel were explaining the cool EFI stuff, how EFI can
download a new version of the BIOS and burn it to flash, on its own.
They explained how convenient this is - but chaos went off when the
banks heard about this. For the banks, like LANL, when we buy a
consumer machine, we either demand full, buildable, source code to
their BIOS, or that they ship LinuxBIOS, now."
If you care about freedom, you'll be aware of this problem, and your
next motherboard will be something listed on
http://linuxbios.org/Supported_Motherboards - the Gigabyte M57SLI-S4
is the current favourite, and FSF sysad Ward Cunningham has written
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