Also the difference between userspace/kernel (where there are different perspectives not only about security, but also about the license) is way big (ex: kernel is GPL where stuff like glibc is LGPL'ed)
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Not really they just aren't our friends, they can be worked around and ignored. Our enemies are those who would lock down API's for themselves and wield patents to monopolize markets.
hmm yes they are maybe not enemies of freedom in full idiological sense, they are not standing there in their private live and say I hate linux I hate linux, I will destroy it (or replace linux with foss), but they do not value freedom and they do not care about it especialy the freedom of other persons, and they do in their live like steve jobs did stuff that enslaves people. So is ignorence an excuse? maybe but then there is practical NO enemy of "Linux" or FOSS. The enemys are the people who do bad things that hurts opensource and people in their freedom, the reason behind that if its "rational" money-greediness or if its poor hate doesnt matter much.
To the Steam vs Nvidia discussion.
The difference is that its more basic thing. as a nvidia User and there is not exaclty a very big choice of availible grafic card vendors, and even a bit as amd user, you nearly are forced to use the non-free drivers (less true for amd but strongly true about nvidia), but nobody is enforced to use steam not even remotly. And then its enother thing, if you would use steam, yes you are butchering partialy your freedom, but you dont bring the hole system in danger, so 1. I hope it will not modify the kernel, it will not even run as a root process. so it byself must hack your system to even get more privileges than your user. so you could at least limit its antifeature-possiblities. But thats not the most important stuff. like I said it will not patch xserver or kernel, so at least you can report bugs to that software instead of kernels with nvidia modules that are then not allowed naturaly for bug reports, because they cant fix stuff thats related to stuff where they dont have the soruce code.
And no I will not use it either. But its also a difference if a company sells software and therefor at least risk to not get the same amount of money if they release the sourcecode (but if you lisense artwork as nonfree content, you would also get your money but ok) and its only games you sell, that nobody really needs. or if you sell hardware, and give your customers not the controll over it, whats nearly a fraud. Laws should allow people to sue companys for such stuff. And thats then still less than rms wants and in the long run me too, that closedsource should be illigal. But again to sell hardware and bring it only to operation with blackbox-trojan-drivers should definitly be illigal soon.
If your point is turning linux into another windows or os X why not go to those systems instead??
if you take that to the max debian is a evil distribution... just saying... and even if you take a really free distribution, as long as you use a proprietary bios you go to hell, too ^^
I agree that in long term we have to fix such stuff, too. and we have to get stricter if it goes easier... the alternative is to not use cell-phones even with android or other linux-based oses.
I think its a point of attitude, do I at least want a free system, and do at least slowly remove the last dependencies or replace it with own programms or something like that.
And there I see the problem that ubuntu goes the wrong way, because of that even I hate rpm (please dont talk about it here again ^^) I try to switch to fedora, or maybe I go back to gentoo or something... dont run for it but I at least moved and tried it on my notebook and played around with it a bit... but I dont yet bitch about steam.
I will not install it here, but on the other hand I have windows pc here (which I start only to play ^^ so like a gaming console) so ok I seperated it cleanly (and save power because I use mostly my 20w linux pc ^^). So in a very bad world you have to make compromises or its at least a real pain in the ass if you dont. On the other hand if the game developers dont get better games out soon, I think I dont need a windows-gaming pc anymore ^^ because it kind of sucks.
I just say I dont will use it, I dont recommend it to people to use steam on linux, I just say, if some people use linux and gaming was what they did stop them, to try it, and understand maybe also the ideas behind... it could be ok.... maybe I will install someday on a seperate linux only for gaming on my gaming-pc a linux instead of the windows. So here at least some evilness would be gone, too.
And even Richard Stallman is a bit swinging around if he thinks if its good or not, so he does not categorical think its a bad thing purely.
Had I the choice of having a free BIOS, I would have a open source BIOS instead... but you see, I was not given that choice for all the motherboards I can think of.. actually I don't even think I saw ANY motherboard with a open bios.
So it's not a matter of choice when it comes to the BIOS.
But I can tell you that apart from the BIOS my favorite laptop is 100% open source software, since it is a centrino platform everything operates 100% out of the box.
I give you this example, if the linux community got behind the new samsung chromebook and acquire it en masse.. and then demanded samsung to make it fully open source (some stuff already is), it would prove to be a great victory for linux.
I now see that steam and nvidia and canonical have the power to kill what linux stands for.
In one swift move canonical can release ubuntu 13.04 with a bunch of 'secret features' and valve will make steam ubuntu only. Then people will flock to ubuntu to play steam games and of course download the best drivers in order to be able to play their games 100% (those would be nvidia's blob as amd sucks).
And there you go, from a fully open source system now you have a system with 'secret features' dialing home to amazon and God knows who else, with corporate drivers playing corporate software.
The death of linux as a bastion for freedom has begun.