wounded in the line of duty
You make a good point. Shipping binary drivers in the base distribution is an unfair advantage to promote Ubuntu compared to Fedora and is a much better argument than mine.
When Ubuntu ships closed binary drivers they are weakening the communities position that hardware should come with proper documentation how to use it (either by means of text documentation or Open Source drivers). The aim here is to make sure that users do not buy hardware that is undocumented and therefor companies financially benefit from being fair to their buyers and to the Open Source community. Because users should be able to use their hardware for what it was designed for.
However I disagree about the fact that it is an "incorrect flame", I call it being critical. Being critical only results in a flame if people start shouting at each other without first listening. Luckily that didn't happen yet on my blog :-)
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