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The Linux Kernel is no longer Free Software?

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45 thoughts on “The Linux Kernel is no longer Free Software?

  1. DRM content in Linux is just a mess, but it's the platforms fault. For example, last year Amazon Prime Video decided to disable HD streaming on browser if you are using a Linux system. Just, why?! What's the difference?

  2. Anytime Microsoft or another Company gets involved into Linux or something to with, it's not to help… They stab everyone in back every time. Shut down the competition, buy companies and close them down… They always have been against Linux and the people whom support it.. Think, wake up, get involved. Stop them before its too late… Thank you, GOD Bless

  3. In general I agree, but I think, that the argument about hulu and the freedoms is more complicated, than you put it. Cause one might argue, that hulu as a program works fine, it just doesn’t display the content of others.
    But of course I don’t say, that this would justify DRM in the kernel! Having changed from Windows just a few months ago, I recently even tried to change to MX Linux to get rid of a „Microsoft-like“ company like Canonical (exaggerating here of course) and to not have to be dependant on systemd. And these are the same things…. I really cannot say what to think about systemd, e.g., I dont think that it is obviously a bad thing, but some things one reads about it are kinda strange, and still most in the linux world seem to think: well as long as it works, i don’t care that it violates the basic unix/linux philosophy or that its bloated and that even Linus Thorvalds thinks he doesn’t quite know what it is doing.
    Not wanting to think that way anymore was the reason that made me change to linux. It just seems as more wide spread linux becomes, there are more and more of exactly those things happening. Those things I wanted to leave behind by changing to linux… thus those problems, like DRM in the kernel, seem systemic…

  4. Is there some distro that keeps the modern kernel improvements but removes the bad stuff like drm? If so I would definitely consider switching. I would give it a try, even though it may not work because my laptop has uefi boot and other annoying bullcrap

  5. What do you think of Linux-libre kernel? It's a Linux fork that aims to remove all binary blobs, replacing them with either nothing or FLOSS alternatives, to have a kernel that is purely open source. Maybe with DHCP it's worth considering to switch whatever your OS is to it?

  6. "Which is more important, that apps on Linux 'just work', or that the kernel is free of DRM" If you want Linux to become mainstream, your priority should be the first thing. If you want it to remain a niche hobbyist OS, then your priority should be the latter.

  7. That's easy to fix open hardware and protocols the end. Now some times, proprietary software is needed to make your life easier. If you don't like it go leave under a rock, because this is how the world works, money makes the world go round. You know what fork it!

  8. Hate to break it to ya man, but if you want to enjoy content that is backed by large corporations, then DRM is just a fact of life you will have to get used to.

  9. The debian repos are full of code to take over your os remotely . All the new programming languages with new syntax. Have made it so year old distros with no updates crash on software released your old distros because older versions are getting erased at git hub and many programs now have no version but the new spyware in the repoes.

  10. Does having HDCP support neccesarily mean that it's enabled by default? I mean,I hate HDCP as much as the next guy, but in the end it's just a piece of hardware in your processor that can be controlled by software. I mean, everything but the key material should be open source, and I should be able to disable it.
    Please also note that it's difficult to say that you're entitled to run other people's content.

    Regarding the "when should we trust microsoft", or any other company, entity or individual: I think the kernel has a method for that, and it's called meritocracy. If Microsoft starts making serious contributions to Linux that show that they're actually invested in it for some time, people might trust them. But trust isn't something you just earn, you've got to keep it up as well. This is why I wouldn't trust Microsoft – their behavior in the past removed that trust.

  11. Iinux mint lmde just put me into a quiet virtual clone of my os while it uploaded my hard drive…when i yanked my ethernet cord to stop it my screen turned black….git hub ruined linux under our noses

  12. What I'd like to know is; is the code in the kernel just facilitating the handshake and data stream between two DRM devices, or is the code in the kernel actually doing the encryption?
    I am not opposed to the first situation. Let linux know how to operate all the hardware, even evil hardware.

  13. I still hurt from when I had a new computer with a read/write dvd rom, and after putting a dvd movie in it, to watch it, I wanted to record a song from it. After I started it, it stuttered, and died, and never worked again, no matter how many registry fixes and drivers and flash drivers for its hardware, a few years later I had discovered that this happened to thousands of people and it was a built in hardware fail if anyone tried to copy a dvd, it would kill itself permanently. I never read that anywhere, never even heard of it as part of any user manual or notes. It was brutal and evil. If they had warned me I would not have tried it.

  14. That's why I use only Torrent software versions, in the end every organisation falls for DRM… Only pirated software is ultimate freedom for end user, unfortunate truth…

  15. Totally agree! Doesn't belong in the kernel period. If they want to find another way to implement DRM via software users can install after the fact, fine. But keep it out of my fresh linux install.

  16. It's simple, what you say makes sense. I'm not as anti-DRM as you, afterall, you mostly only need to it watch garbage put out by weirdos in the West Coast of the USA. That said, it has no part being in the Kernal, let distros put it in their version if they want.

  17. This is what happens when you let people with incompatible political ideologies take over a movement

    It's not open source (or at least that's only a part of what it is)
    It is (or should be) free software

    Good to hear you saying it

  18. I hate DRM, but often there's no alternative. I won't reject it though. I use closed source binary drivers for my Nvidia card and a DRM program called Steam. Doesn't matter if it's in the kernel or somewhere else in the OS. DRM exists in Linux and honestly, I don't really see Linux as pure freedom software, but more like a middle ground between convenience and free software.

  19. Binary Blobs, and DRM has no place in the Kernel, I hope Mr. Linus, reconsiders that decision. I don't mind using closed source applications, or drivers, if I don't have a choice or if it will be better, but that's my CHOICE, and that's why I love linux, it's the choices you have, instead of being told how things are.

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