The Free Software hardliner, the corporation, and the shotgun wedding
Posted by: Bourbaki
on January 19, 2008 10:36 PM
Your target is well chosen, Josef, though the drive for mass adoption (so-called 'advocacy') at the cost of Free Software principles has been a part of Linux culture for as long as I can remember. Binary blobs and Non-Disclosure Agreements is the way Linux kernel development has been done ever since it started to take itself seriously as a server platform. The only place where the hacker ethic you discuss still survives is amongst the smaller BSD projects.
[Modified by: Bourbaki on January 20, 2008 09:01 PM]