For anyone looking for GPLv3 explanations:
Posted Sep 23, 2006 17:22 UTC (Sat) by k8to
In reply to: For anyone looking for GPLv3 explanations:
Parent article: Kernel developers' position on GPLv3
I think the point of the "anti DRM" clause is not to prevent
freedom-limiting technical measures from existing, or to prevent
freedom-limiting technical measures to be used in systems that include
GPLv3 code. It is simply to prevent freedom-limiting technical measures
to remove the freedoms intended in GPLv3 code.
Thus, in a TIVO, GPLv3 components should be modifiable and replacable,
is the goal. TIVO could simply implement their logic they do not intend
to be replaced in a non-GPLv3 body of code, and apply technical measures
to prevent this code from being changed, even if the box is running GPLv3
code in other portions.
I think your argument about the ROM question in the embedded environment
is a good one, and that the idea of waiting for further understanding is
a good suggestion. However, I do think that devices with non-updatable
firmware is going to approach 0% over time.
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