Raspberry Pi: Non-free

Last Christmas, my mother gave me a Raspberry Pi . I gave it back soon after I read about the restrictions it imposes through its mandatory non-free bootloader :

Hardware decoding of additional codecs can be enabled by purchasing a license that is locked to the CPU serial number of your Raspberry Pi.

As the Raspberry Pi isn’t even remotely an open platform , I urge others to do the same. Debian provides a list of alternative hardware .

Explaining the issue to my mother, I told her the Raspberry Pi is like a handheld calculator that only calculates certain functions if you pay the vendor additional money.