Joyful 20th anniversary greetings, all!
Recently, while messing with my GF's laptop, and during a kernel panic, I
noticed a message saying the kernel was "not tainted".
I was under the impression that the vanilla Linux kernel did contain non-Free blobs by default, thus the Linux-Libre project.
Being respectful (though not religious) about The Four Freedoms, I was happy
to find http://freeslack.net/
which details the "non-Freedom" bits inculded
in Slackware proper. It is mentioned there to switch to a Linux-Libre kernel
for the optimum Freedom experience. Now, I do not begrudge Slackware for not
adhering to the RMS Way, but it's nice to know that one could easily prune
a Slackware installation into religious compliance ;-)
So, to refine my question: how does a kernel report "not tainted" when in
fact binary, non-Free, blobs ship with it by default?
Maybe the definition of "tainted" doesn't mean what I think it means?
Much thanks for any insight!