Alexandre Oliva (LP09)
Freeing the kernel and the Linux-libre project
- 2006 gNewSense's find-firmware and gen-kernel remove nonfree software from the kernel.
- 2007 BLAG's deblob and Linux-libre
- 2008 FSFLA's deblob-check
- FSFLA campaign to promote software freedom and social responsibility as a way to promote free software.
Linux is not free software
Includes code without sources, under various licenses.
Network driver with 100+Kb of actual binary executable code with a clear proprietary license.
Another network driver from the same vendor is 300Kb of "data" under a license that allows combination with only the GPL and not other free software licenses.
- sourceless code
- incompatibly-licensed data/code
- requests for non-free software
- corresponding info from docs
- incomprehensible code/data?
The result is suitable for 100% free systems.
Scripts detect proprietary blobs in the kernel.
Source tarballs tracking upstream Linux.
Pristine builds for popular distros. Ali's Freedom Shoppe.
Builds tracking upstream distributions.
- FREEE :-(
- Musix GNU+Linux (underway)
- Dyne:bolic (next release)
- Users of other distros
- Distros want/need popularity
- Blobs attract more users?
- Incentive to betray users, weaken communities
- Prisoners' dilemma, iterated
- Defection feeds the aggressors
- Tragedy of the commons
How can we change this picture
- Break the myth of breakage
- Lead by example, "Be Free"
- Educate users, to shift the incentives
- Seek credible commitment among distros
- Take it upstream, uphill?