Posted Oct 6, 2006 15:30 UTC (Fri) by alexbk
In reply to: 4 points
Parent article: Similar in spirit?
Uhm, you seem to have misunderstood me. My point was that if Ingo thinks Tivo is a bad example because it's only a narrow-purpose appliance, I can give a different and hopefully better example of an increasingly popular (24 million units shipped H1 2006 vs 14 million in H1 2005) general purpose programmable computer running Symbian OS, where access to some (but not all!) important APIs and hardware peripherals is restricted.
The manufacturers don't have an obligation to give me that access of course, but then I don't want them to use and modify my code for their benefit *and* disallow everyone else including me to do the same thing. Once again: they're not producing a Tivoesque appliance but a real computer. Nothing to do with demanding freedom to tinker, everything to do with being fair.
If you know similar devices that are less restricted, please name them, I always want to know about new gadgets :)
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