Why is Fedora not a Free GNU/Linux distributions?

Antonio Olivares olivares14031 at yahoo.com
Tue Jul 15 13:52:14 UTC 2008

--- On Mon, 7/14/08, Kevin Kofler <kevin.kofler at chello.at> wrote:

> From: Kevin Kofler <kevin.kofler at chello.at>
> Subject: Re: Why is Fedora not a Free GNU/Linux distributions?
> To: fedora-list at redhat.com
> Date: Monday, July 14, 2008, 3:47 AM
> Antonio Olivares <olivares14031 <at> yahoo.com>
> writes:
> > A Because Fedora includes Firmware and those guys
> don't.   
> Bullsh*t!
Cool :)
> BLAG 70000 ships:
> * the original Fedora 7 kernels as the default and
> kernel-libre only as an 
> option,
> * the following firmwares: asterisk-firmware,
> atmel-firmware, ivtv-firmware, 
> iwl3945-firmware, iwl4965-firmware, iwlwifi-firmware (old
> version of 
> iwl3945-firmware), ql2100-firmware, ql2200-firmware,
> ql23xx-firmware and 
> ql2400-firmware, all with "License: Redistributable,
> no modification permitted"
> * zd1211-firmware which claims to be GPLv2, but with no
> source available.
> So the only difference between Fedora and BLAG in their
> current state is that 
> BLAG is 2 releases out of date, which also implies there
> are no security 
> updates from Fedora anymore for the software they ship, and
> I wouldn't rely on 
> BLAG for security updates if I were you. For example, there
> is no bind update 
> for the recent DNS security issue, nor any other updates
> since June 13. I 
> consider it completely irresponsible to recommend a
> distribution whose "current 
> release" has not received ANY security updates for a
> month!
>         Kevin Kofler
> -- 

I do not have BLAG installed, but it sure was good to find out what they include :)  Thanks Kevin.  I did not know what they included.  I only wondered why it was more freer than Fedora.




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