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From: Karl Berry
Subject: www/distros common-distros.html
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2010 23:28:32 +0000

CVSROOT:        /web/www
Module name:    www
Changes by:     Karl Berry <karl>       10/01/16 23:28:32

Modified files:
        distros        : common-distros.html 

Log message:
        update to bsd section, approved by rms


Index: common-distros.html
RCS file: /web/www/www/distros/common-distros.html,v
retrieving revision 1.4
retrieving revision 1.5
diff -u -b -r1.4 -r1.5
--- common-distros.html 3 Dec 2009 23:25:44 -0000       1.4
+++ common-distros.html 16 Jan 2010 23:28:27 -0000      1.5
@@ -140,15 +140,21 @@
 nonfree software to you.</p>
 <a id="BSD"></a>
-<h3>What about BSD distributions?</h3>
+<h3>What about BSD systems?</h3>
 <p>FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD all include instructions for obtaining
-nonfree programs in their ports system.  Also, BSD kernels include
-drivers with nonfree firmware.  Nonfree firmwares in Linux are called
-&ldquo;blobs,&rdquo; but in BSD parlance &ldquo;blob&rdquo; has a
-different meaning.  Thus, when BSD developers say their distributions
-contains no blobs, it is a miscommunication; they are talking about
-something else.</p>
+nonfree programs in their ports system.</p>
+<p>BSD systems refer to proprietary drivers as &ldquo;blobs&rdquo; and
+some have policies against including these.  That is good, but
+unfortunately no BSD system has policies against proprietary binary-only
+firmware that might be loaded even by free drivers.</p>
+<p>Nonfree firmwares in Linux are called &ldquo;blobs,&rdquo; but the
+meaning in BSD parlance is different, as above.  Thus, when BSD
+developers say their distributions contains no blobs, it is a
+miscommunication; they are talking about something else.</p>
 </div><!-- for id="content", starts in the include above -->
 <!--#include virtual="/server/footer.html" -->
@@ -175,7 +181,7 @@
 <!-- timestamp start -->
-$Date: 2009/12/03 23:25:44 $
+$Date: 2010/01/16 23:28:27 $
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