Yes it appears you are correct. Debian can be considered FSF compliant if you do only have the Main sources enabled in the Package manager. https://h-node.org/. Official Debian distro removes non free 'blobs' from its kernel. https://www.gnu.org/distros/common-distros.html
Yes the hardware is difficult to do something about at this point. It appears Libreboot https://libreboot.org/ and H-Node https://h-node.org are working on solutions.
I value my autonomy, I used to be under the impression that autonomy could be retained by using linux, it is clear this was a misconception. thankfully there is a standard that does provide clarity on the issue, in the form of the FSF and GNU philosophy and idealogy. Wether it is intentional dishonesty or not I would say many people are likely to be mislead by the "Linux Open Source Movement" and think they are afforded immunity from exploitation by using "Linux"michael louwe wrote: ⤴Tue May 28, 2019 2:55 amP S - It is dishonesty for some Linux distros to use the Linux kernel that has non-free software but refuse to use non-free multi-media codecs, Wifi drivers, graphics drivers and other non-free 3rd-party software that have been freely licensed to Linux, eg LM 18 and later. LM 17 and earlier installed such non-free 3rd-party software by default.
This is good advice, I want to do the best I can given the current landscape. Stallmans values are really of advocacy to us humans.
I agree, though if the tool is getting work done and exploiting or putting you or others at risk without your fully informed consent, Its a pretty sh!t tool in my opinion.
So at this point it seems that I should switch distros to trisquel, pure os, debian (main SS). Which may not be a big deal or it might be a pain in the ass. Cinnamon is a pretty usable environment for getting other folks on board.
There is also on the periphary somewhere the GNU Hurd project that may solve the issues with non free code that Linux kernel has
Libreboot+GNU-Hurd+Non Sh!t O/S looks like a winning combination really