I wish Broadcom Company would re-release all codes (driver + firmware + docs + everything) for BCM4313 wireless device as free software publicly so nobody will be forced to install the proprietary software such as b43-fwcutter and bcmwl-kernel-source. We Free Software Community principally wish not to use any device that doesn’t respect our freedom, the right to not use proprietary software. When we buy a device, it’s our rights to run that device perfectly (thus, repair it if it doesn’t), so it’s our right to receive the source code of all codes related to that device as free software. By not doing this you don’t respect our rights, and that hurts for us.
While somebody using 100% free Trisquel System but he/she is forced to install those proprietary firmware just to make the BCM4313 WLAN works, this is a tragedy for us. This broke our principles and this hurts.
I wish to you Broadcom Company treat all your buyers equally and not leaving us Free Software Community by forcing us to use proprietary software. My community and I could not promote your product BCM4313 as long as it could not be used without proprietary firmware. I wish Broadcom Company see examples of wifi devices that respect user’s freedom and sell to us new BCM4313 and such products that respects our freedom. I won’t hold myself to promote your products to my community and to all computer users (and I will ask my friends to promote them, too) if you Broadcom Company did it. Thank you.
If you Broadcom Company wish to help us, here’s some good links:
- Simple explanation between free software & commercial business
- Simpler explanation about free software from FSF Europe
- Free Software Foundation, the organization you knew promoting software freedom (including those in hardware field)
- Very good explanation why Free Firmware is important by jxself (the maintainer of APT repo for Linux-libre kernel)
For you the users of Broadcom products and especially BCM4313 users I inform you that this device doesn’t respect your freedom. It forces you to accept and to use proprietary software (thus, if you’re a social being, to promote proprietary to your friends). It means the Broadcom Company deliberately not released the firmware as free software (so your GNU/Linux cannot run it). I could not promote this device to you and I wish you also would not promote it to your friends.
If you the users wish to buy hardware devices that respect your freedom, here are good links:
- FSF’s Respects Your Freedom hardware listing
- H-Node hardware freedom database
- H-Node hardware freedom database, wifi section
- Reject proprietary software and tell your friends to reject it by FSF
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