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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] The "Free" Kernel In Debian Squeeze

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] The "Free" Kernel In Debian Squeeze
Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2010 10:45:41 -0500

    > Propposal on this: preffix all unfree firmware as being unfree ("unfree_",
    > probably) instead of hashing their name identifiers. This way the firmware
    > loader can simply log a warning stating clearly that the firmware harms y=
    > freedoms.

    Sorry, forgot to reply all.

I think the firmware loader is a separate program, not part of Linux,
so we do not control it.  However, there must be a function in Linux
which somehow invokes that program.  Maybe we could modify that
function so it sees this and prints the error message "Device not

Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation
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Boston MA 02110

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