this is pedantic bullshit that doesn't actually matter
for all my intents and purposes rust is free software and cargo packages are free software. stop nitpicking
"respects your freedom" my ass
you certify a wireless card with an onboard firmware blob as "RYF" but don't certify basically exactly the same card with the same firmware when it's loaded by the OS. how can a wifi card with actual blobs on it be "freedom respecting" but rust isn't because [checks notes] you'd have to rebrand forks??? what?????
ok i'm going to rant to completion on this topic
GNU's "linux-libre" is a pointless package. simply install the regular linux package and avoid installing the linux-firmware package. that's it. all the code in the linux kernel is GPL. it's already libre! but nooooo you gotta be pedantic about "code that encourages you to use nonfree software" like oh my god shut the fuck up and do something better with your time
@haskal the argument I've seen is that requiring the OS to load it means the manufacturer can restrict distribution of the blob & if they disappear you can't load it, but if it's preloaded then the device is guaranteed to work
@haskal i'm of the opinion that like
"i see why this is frustrating but also it's not a violation of freedom"
like you can just say "i'd really like to apply patches to this and still call it rust", that's a fair complaint to have???
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