Contributed by deanna on from the sysctl click-to-agree=1 dept.
While FreeBSD may lack the wpi driver itself, it now has its firmware. Announced today is the FreeBSD Foundation's compromise with Intel, FreeBSD has added a new mechanism in order to implement Intel's end-user licensing agreement. Because of this FreeBSD will now be authorized to redistribute the firmware images for Intel wireless cards.
Is this part of a growing acceptance of corporate interests? With the inclusion of binary blobs and its permittance of this new mechanism, FreeBSD is choosing the easy way to gain functionality, but is it to detriment of the system? Will FreeBSD soon be riddled with dozens of flags one must tweak before the system becomes usable? How will this affect OpenBSD's efforts to get these firmwares under liberal terms?
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