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Hypothetical: FOSS License for Compiler with Ken Thompson's "Trusting Trust" backdoor

Yes. When distributing the binary of a GPL work, you must share the "Corresponding Source" of the work. "Corresponding Source" is defined in Section 1 of the GPL v3 as The “...
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Why do free/libre software advocates tolerate proprietary firmwares in just about every computer components except Wi-Fi cards?

The Free Software Foundation has said that if you can't install software on it, it's not a computer: The ethical issues of free software arise because users obtain programs and install them in ...
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Why do free/libre software advocates tolerate proprietary firmwares in just about every computer components except Wi-Fi cards?

While the goal is to eliminate proprietary software, effective Free Software activists understand that their time is valuable and limited, so prioritise working on the problems that will yield the ...
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Can an open source/free alternative put a company at risk? Has this ever happened?

A company would be "put in risk" if it's entire offering is compromised, and it can't adapt to a changing market. This has less to do with the existence of open source alternatives to a product and ...
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Why do free/libre software advocates tolerate proprietary firmwares in just about every computer components except Wi-Fi cards?

Firmware in rom is easy to "rationalise away". The user can rationalise it as "just part of the hardware". The operating system distributor can rationalise it as "i'm not shipping it so it's not my ...
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Can an open source/free alternative put a company at risk? Has this ever happened?

Sometimes a software simply being open source doesn't destroy proprietary softwares. It's a matter of quality and​ getting productive. If an open source alternative software can offer more useful ...
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How does avoiding branding a free software as free and only mentioning its open source aspect help selling the product easier?

This is my personal opinion, so I might be off, but I don't think I am too far off. For me, and probably for a great many others, the primary association with the word "free" is that of &...
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Why are open source projects so broken and apathetic if they are run by idealists?

I read your question as, "Why are free and open source projects difficult to use and lack documentation?" This is fundamentally a matter of the economics of available development resources, ...
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Is Open Source Software a subset of free software?

I think technically speaking it's more likely that "free software" is a subset of "open-source software" because the freedoms of modification and distribution of such, as defined ...
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