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FSFLA: Linux kernel is "open core"

Nov 09, 2010, 15:04 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alexandre Oliva)

"Linux hasn't got any Freer between the Linux-2.6.33-libre announcement, back in March, and the present announcement, that marks the release of Linux-2.6.36-libre. Linux now contains more non-Free Software, and more drivers in its Free core that require separately distributed non-Free Software to function. The welcome news is that Open Source advocates have joined the Free Software Movement in denouncing the practice of Free Bait or Open Core.
http://www.fsfla.org/anuncio/2010-03-Linux-2.6.33-libre
http://linux-libre.fsfla.org/pub/linux-libre/releases/LAT...

"OSI director Simon Phipps writes "Open Core Is Bad For You", "it's a game on software freedom", "it's a bait-and-switch, wrapping the same old lock-in in the flag of open source and hoping you won't notice." Bait-and-switch is a deceptive commercial practice in which one product is announced to attract customers, to sell another instead.
http://blogs.computerworlduk.com/simon-says/2010/06/open-...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bait_and_switch

"OSI director Andrew C. Oliver adds that "Open Core puts the software user at a disadvantage in the same way that all proprietary software puts the user at a disadvantage"

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