If you are willing to sacrifice your Freedom and accept distro's shipping binary drivers enabled by default, then you don't even deserve the privilege of being a GNU/Linux user.
i need firmware for my usb wireless adapter. i need firmware for realtime hardware mpeg2 encoder on my hvr-1300 card. does that make me "unworthy", even though i've been successfylly using linux exclusively for last 5 years?
personally i don't mind using binary drivers if i have to. but personally i prefer using open source alternatives, if there are any. that's probably because of my bad experience with fglrx :]