The Raspberry Pi single board computer has been a favourite hobbyist tool in the open source community for the past ten years and its popularity has sparked the creation of a lot of similar low-end computers, ideal for small projects and educational environments. One thorn in the side of the Raspberry Pi community has long been the requirement of non-free firmware to boot the device. Gunnar Wolf checks in on the progress being made to replace this key piece of non-free firmware. "Raspberry Pi computers require a piece of non-free software to boot - the infamous raspi-firmware package. But for almost as long as there has been a Raspberry Pi to talk of (this year it turns 10 years old!), there have been efforts to get it to boot using only free software. How is it progressing? Michael Bishop (IRC user clever) explained today in the #debian-raspberrypi channel in OFTC that it advances far better than what I expected." The blog post goes on to talk about running a Raspberry Pi machine exclusively with free components.
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