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Re: [gNewSense-users] ATI blobs

From: Dmitry Samoyloff
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] ATI blobs
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 14:30:44 +0300
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Leo wrote:
> On Tuesday 19 January 2010 20:39:51 Dmitry Samoyloff wrote:
> > Personally, I see no point in the free driver which is in fact a
> > front-end to a blob. I maybe getting this wrong -- comments are welcome.
> Exactly what I said in their chat room. They told me that if I don't like
> nonfree firmware then I should stop using my microwave...

Weak argument. Microwave is not general purpose computer, I'm not installing 
any software on it and I even can't get to the installed one (in a ROM) 
normally. The non-free firmwares are /distributed with Linux/, which is 
supposed to be a free program distributed under GNU GPL.

They don't see the difference because they simply don't want to. They got 
something that seems to be free at first glance and they are happy with 
that. When you telling them it's not free actually, they just whimper "shut 
up, I don't hear you". What a hypocrisy. If it's OK for them to accept blobs, 
why not accept all-proprietary software then?

The problem is they don't understand (or forgot) what the software freedom is 
and why it's important for us all.

> And, sadly, I don't think you got it wrong.

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