Presented by:

Kyle Rankin has over two decades of professional Linux experience. He is the author of The Best of Hack and /: Linux Admin Crash Course, Linux Hardening in Hostile Networks, DevOps Troubleshooting, The Official Ubuntu Server Book, Third Edition, Knoppix Hacks, 2nd Edition, and Ubuntu Hacks, among other books. Rankin was an award-winning columnist and tech editor for Linux Journal, and speaks frequently on Free and Open Source software including at SCALE, FOSDEM, O’Reilly Security Conference, Linux Fest NorthWest, OpenWest, BSidesLV, CactusCon, OSCON, Linux World Expo, and Penguicon.

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.

2023 November 4 - 13:50
50 min
Room 2
SeaGL 2023

Happening at the same time:

  1. The Digital Bindery
  2. Start Time:
    2023 November 4 13:50

    Room 3

  3. Programming an OS distribution
  4. Start Time:
    2023 November 4 13:50

    Room 4

  5. Open Source Observability with the OpenTelemetry Collector
  6. Start Time:
    2023 November 4 14:20

    Room 4