3rd Fellowship Raffle to attract more Fellows
Alfred M. Szmidt
ams at gnu.org
Tue Mar 13 18:55:41 UTC 2007
Do you know a device with a free GSM stack? We'd be glad to help
promote that device. To my knowledge there is no such stack or
device at the moment, including the OpenMoko.
What if there is no device with a free GSM stack? Will the FSF Europe
promote such a device despite it being wrong?
But the area of GNU/Linux distributions is much more mature in
terms of freedom than that of mobile phones and PDAs. The whole
area of PDAs, mobile phones and similar is one that is still very
much dominated by proprietary software. There is not a single
device that could be recommended without warning.
Then the only right thing to do is to not recommend any device, just
like one couldn't recommend any GNU/Linux specific system until
UTUTO-e came about (and closely following other 100% free GNU/Linux
The way the Free Software community addressed similar issues in the
past is to get and (within legal limits) study what you want to
replace, and replace the non-free components one by one. That is
how the GNU Project got started, it was a major motivation to
establish Debian, and other examples exist in other areas.
When the GNU project was started, there was no free software; one had
no choice other than non-free sofyware. Today we have all the tools
needed to reject all non-free software.
Debian is also a bad example, since they distribute non-free software
despite there being free replacements (Java for example); there are
other problems as well with Debian, the whole non-free section being
one such a problem.
We need to build a stronger presence of the Free Software community
in this area.
And this is by distributing devices that contain `almost entirely Free
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