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Re: Installation: Load non-free wifi firmware (iwlwifi)

From: Marius Bakke
Subject: Re: Installation: Load non-free wifi firmware (iwlwifi)
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2018 12:57:18 +0200
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Chris Marusich <address@hidden> writes:

> Hi Pierre,
> Pierre Neidhardt <address@hidden> writes:
>> linux-libre turns off the ability to load non-free firmware.  Why is
>> it so?
> I did a little bit of searching on the Internet, and it seems to me like
> the reason why Linux-libre turns off the ability to load non-free
> firmware is because the project does not want to induce you to use
> non-free software.

This is not true.  After all, you may wish to load a firmware that you
have developed yourself, but that is not possible either.  The problem
is a limitation of the kernel interface and/or the deblobbing script:

From an interview with Alexandre Oliva[0]:

"Indeed, I became aware that some users have got the idea that blocking
the loading of blobs is a feature. It's not; it's just a bug that's
quite difficult to fix. The decision on whether or not to use a piece of
software, be it Free or not, should belong to the users, and it's not
our intent to make that difficult."


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