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why NetBSD include binary/blob driver or firmware by default?
I have recently encountered with a broadcom ethernet card that NetBSD
4.0/4.1 supports and it works perfectly - while 'gnu/linux' gnewsense
and trisquel does not support. These linux distributions are supported
by Free Software Foundation and they have blob-free kernel and softwares
- which means 100% free distributions:
While searching about this issue, i noticed that NetBSD, too, includes
drivers and firmwares without source code, most or all has suffix _uu in
I kindly ask - respecting efforts of all NetBSD team:
Could you please advise me, why NetBSD should include those drivers in
src source code or in default installation and why not make an OS with
100% visible codes? Is it really hard to push them to pkgsrc tree and
add assign acceptable_license?
In this case, 'sysutils/wpi-firmware2' which is binary firmware, would
be a good sample if it ask user's permission (acceptable_license) to
install the blob - It installs immediately now.
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