Users should be able to run their own code on their own machines
Posted Feb 14, 2006 20:24 UTC (Tue) by sepreece
In reply to: Users should be able to run their own code on their own machines
Parent article: Open Source's New Frontiers (Business Week)
OK, should free software not be permitted to be used in contexts where the end user is not permitted to install software? That is, a particular system may not grant administrative rights to all users. Would you say that in such a situation, the owner of the machine should not be able to expose free software to the end users, because those users would be unable to modify it?
Consider a further example where a manufacturer of MP3 players distributes them with only a superuser login allowed to install software and conveys the machines as licensed rather than sold, with the company specifically retaining the right to modify the software. Is that in or out of license terms? [Many people with Tivos get them under terms not unlike that, from cable/satellite content providers.]
Just curious how far the philosophy goes...
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