on disabling drivers that use non-Free firmware

Robert Millan rmh at aybabtu.com
Wed Jan 7 01:04:26 UTC 2009

On Tue, Jan 06, 2009 at 05:59:47PM -0500, Richard M Stallman wrote:
>     Somewhat related to this:  I've been toying with the idea of writing a
>     desktop session daemon, technically similar to Ubuntu's "restricted-manager",
>     but with a different purpose:  detect devices that require non-free firmware
>     (based on bus id heuristics), and display a message explaining the user why
>     these aren't supported, and discouraging him/her from buying hardware from
>     this vendor.
> It sounds like a good idea, but is the necessary information available
> to do that job?

Probably not for all devices, but it wouldn't be hard to make the list complete
with some user feedback.

Robert Millan

  The DRM opt-in fallacy: "Your data belongs to us. We will decide when (and
  how) you may access your data; but nobody's threatening your freedom: we
  still allow you to remove your data and not access it at all."

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