So they’re doing a bunch of unnecessary work so that they can get an RYF checkbox, but doing this extra work doesn’t really make the platform any more or less open.
If you can’t get rid of the firmware blobs, isolating them seems like the next-best option to me.
AFAIK, RYF was designed with the goal of changing the market by influencing what consumers demand. If some commercially viable device can attribute its success to RYF, then a big company might aspire to get RYF on its devices… and the big company can pressure the upstream manufacturer to provide blobless hardware (perhaps by releasing the source material for the blobs, for example).
I admire the FSF’s optimism enough to give them money.
I guess it makes more sense when you think about it like that. Thanks.