Sorry, I just can't get behind this: Battle brews over unlocking PC secrets. The PC industry has suffered for not having trusted mechanisms for identifying computers and locking down digital rights. I read the article and I still don't see Stallman's point. Then I read his manifesto and I really don't get it. GNU has come up with some good stuff in the past, and in a previous life I used to use and contribute to that effort. But this seems to be ideology taken to the extreme. Since the typical modern mobo allows users to flash their BIOS rather than remove and replace the chip, suddenly it should be treated differently? Presumably this includes video cards as well, that have extensive (and flash-able) code on the card.
It's not really a battle, more of a tempest in a teapot.