"Recently, the Free Software Foundation announced its
latest additions to its listing of open-source purist
distributions. This lead me to thinking about both these
distributions and the best of the distributions that go the other
way and contain a great deal of proprietary programs.
"There was a time when if you wanted to be sure a Linux
distribution to work on any PC you almost had to include some
proprietary firmware for graphic and Wi-Fi drivers. Those days are
long gone. Hardware component manufacturers tend now to either
include open Linux drivers or have opened up their specifications
enough that Linux developers have created drivers for their
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