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I mean binary blobs compiled by third parties. Additionally if you do pkg install, are there non-free packages considered by default?

  • Yes, there are mostly firmware blobs by default. – Rui F Ribeiro Dec 15 '15 at 13:06
  • I think not in the kernel, but I cannot find a good link for that. – SPRBRN Dec 15 '15 at 13:16
  • Debian GNU/kFreeBSD could be the answer if you're looking for completely free OS with BSD kernel. – sendmoreinfo Dec 19 '15 at 11:39
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Of course it does, otherwise lots of basic hardware (i.e. network adapters) wouldn't work. Most of it — everything apart from two HighPoint drivers — is microcode.

There is a mechanism to build the kernel without it — just define WITHOUT_SOURCELESS in /etc/src.conf and rebuild the kernel and world. As usual, it's all documented in the manual page

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