Is Ubuntu commited to free software?
danny.piccirillo at ubuntu.com
Wed Jun 9 20:21:07 UTC 2010
Upstream linux is not free. That is why LinuxLibre was created.
I have doubts that this was unintentional. Here's a list of nonfree stuff in
On Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 16:08, Scott Kitterman <ubuntu at kitterman.com> wrote:
> "Danny Piccirillo" <danny.piccirillo at ubuntu.com> wrote:
> > On Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 13:19, Scott Kitterman <ubuntu at kitterman.com>
> >> "Danny Piccirillo" <danny.piccirillo at ubuntu.com> wrote:
> >> >Of course it is! At least according to our philosophy:
> >> >http://www.ubuntu.com/project/about-ubuntu/our-philosophy
> >> >
> >> >Still, many people don't think that Ubuntu is truly committed to free
> >> >software in practice. These people can and should be our allies. Their
> >> >concerns are valid, and they are not difficult to appease. I'd like to
> >> >present a short list of simple ways that Ubuntu could show it's
> >> commitment:
> >> >
> >> >1. Offer ways to easily purge all non-free software from one's system.
> >> > * This would require supporting the linux libre kernel (it doesn't
> >> to
> >> >be by default, but the option should be available.
> >> No. It doesn't. That kernel removes the ability to run non-free drivers.
> >> The exact same amount of non-free code runs if you don't have any
> >> Just about the last thing Ubuntu needs is the maintenance overhead of
> >> another kernel that only serves ideological purposes.
> >> There is already a free software only install option that not only will
> >> install anything non-free, it also disables the restricted and
> >> repositories so that people who are concerned about this can safely
> >> new packages without fear of contamination.
> >Yes, the free software only option is there, but isn't entirely free.
> >what linux-libre is for. Linux libre should be the kernel for the free
> >software install. Mainline Linux is not free because it includes
> >firmwares hidden as source code files (or blobs)
> Then these are bugs. They should be fixed. If the effort that's going into
> a political kernel fork were put into high quality patches more progress
> would be made. I suspect it's not because the fork is more about taking away
> people's freedom to run non-free code than it is about fixing problems with
> inadvertent problems with non-free bits in the kernel.
> Scott K
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