Free Software Policy with Semi-Firm Firmware


Somewhere between hardware and software, is firmware. It was originally called that precisely because it straddled those two worlds.

Yet most firmware is no longer firm, it's more like tofu and exists in firm, semi-firm, and soft states. Current FSF policy that allows proprietary firmware is based on burned-on-chip, write-once firmware from a few decades ago. Most firmware today is field-upgradable and closer to software. This talk will discuss how the modern state of "firm"ware demands new free software policy, and start a discussion on what that policy could be.

Ballroom B
Saturday, March 11, 2023 - 15:00 to 16:00