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The Case for Non-Free Firmware By Default

Nov 18, 2009, 18:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christopher Tozzi)

"The reasoning behind the exclusion of closed-source drivers from the default Ubuntu system centers on legal and philosophical issues. In some cases, Ubuntu's legal right to redistribute proprietary binaries is in dispute. And most Ubuntu developers consider a dependency on closed-source code as incompatible with the Ubuntu philosophy.

"To a degree, I agree. But to paraphrase Albert Camus, even in free-software evangelism, there is an order, there are limits. In other words, staying true to the principles of open-source development shouldn't come at the cost of basic functionality for the user."

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