[Gta04-owner] Status GTA04 EA

Bob Ham rah at bash.sh
Mon Sep 19 13:31:17 CEST 2011


On Mon, 2011-09-19 at 13:10 +0200, Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller wrote:
> Am 19.09.2011 um 12:23 schrieb Bob Ham:

> > To me, this seems absurd.  It's as if you were forced to carry around a
> > big iron ball and instead of carrying it in your hands, you attach a
> > chain to it and clamp it to your leg but then go around saying to people
> > 'I'm free you know!'
> > 
> > Surely the best approach, in terms of freedom should be increasing
> > everybody's freedom by using a free firmware, as opposed to one person
> > obeying the restrictions of the non-free firmware and then building a
> > big electronic wall around the binary so people can basically pretend
> > that the Wi-Fi chip manufacturer hasn't restricted their freedom?
> 
> I think, we have several levels of Freedom here.
> 
> Software (i.e. kernel, application software, tools). This is what FSF is
> talking about. At least how I understand it.
> 
> Then, we have firmware for secondary processors embedded into
> the hardware. This is something FSF does not like to see in a free
> system - unless it is 100% free and open source as well.
> 
> A third level can/could be the microcode in a CPU.
> 
> And the fourth level are the VHDL designs of the Chips.
> 
> But this is just my view.

Well.. yes.. that seems quite obvious.  However, nothing here answers my
question or contradicts my statements.

-- 
Bob Ham <rah at bash.sh>

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