Will the XO-4 need nonfree firmware

Richard Stallman rms at gnu.org
Sat Dec 1 14:31:18 EST 2012

    Yes, the XO-4 will need a nonfree firmware program copied by the
    operating system into the wireless device.

That is disappointing news.  It means we won't be able to endorse it.

      The 8686 firmware is also in the Debian
    non-free package firmware-libertas.

(What a perverse name!)

    These steps might be placed in the boot script of the operating system
    in order to avoid nonfree infection of an operating system

To make it ok, it would have to be buried inside the hardware such
that the user and the system don't touch it at all.  It is
possible to do that, but it might take some extra hardware.

Is it possible to make the circuit such that the internal wireless
device can easily be removed or permanently disabled without breaking
the rest of the machine?  If so, we could endorse machines modified in
this way.

Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation
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