On 08/12/14 00:36, Bryan Steele wrote: > On Sun, Dec 07, 2014 at 07:35:03PM +1100, Riley Baird wrote: >> I agree entirely. For this reason, I think it would be best to keep >> system internals (e.g. uname, includes, etc.) using the name OpenBSD >> with only the main user-visible parts changed to a new name. >> >> As for why I want to create the distro, I think that OpenBSD has >> excellent security, and I would like to create a version without the >> binary-only microcode included. > > This is silly, all the firmware in /etc/firmware allows free > distribution and what isn't is installed via fw_update(1). You > can easily pkg_delete what you don't like.
Why does free distribution matter? > If you're worried about scary evil "Microcode", then you probably > shouldn't run a modern Intel or AMD machine, not including all the > firmware on flash or ROM, your BIOS likely loaded CPU microcode that > is almost entirely undocumented magic. There are efforts to create a free BIOS for Intel and AMD machines: http://www.coreboot.org/ This still doesn't solve the CPU microcode problem, but when open hardware comes, and I need to buy a new computer, I'll be buying the open hardware CPU. Just because we don't have perfection now, it doesn't mean we shouldn't try to get closer to it.