Kernel developers' position on GPLv3
Posted Sep 24, 2006 9:04 UTC (Sun) by jarto
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If a company builds a locked down device with GPL software, they still have to publish their modifications to the source code. If the device is successful, any competitor of theirs can also build their own and market it: "We have the same megagadget, it's cheaper, it honors your freedom and it's a lot better".
Look at Nokia 770. It's Linux based, I can hack it easily, I get lots of free features later by upgrading it and I can continue to use it for years to come. And Nokia wants us to contribute. Not locking down gadgets is a feature that benefits hardware companies.
As it's a smart thing for hardware companies to produce open devices, there's no point to force them to do it.
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