Staying on track
Posted Oct 6, 2006 15:17 UTC (Fri) by cventers
In reply to: "Ours is Ours, Yours is Yours" is gone from the GPLv3 ...
Parent article: Similar in spirit?
I regret to see that you have not extended me the same favor of replying
to the argument in full. And indeed, that seems to be the underlying
reason for your misrepresentation of what it is that I have said.
There is a very distinct difference between the right to tweak hardware
and the right to tweak software. The GPL is in no way concerned with the
right to tweak hardware or we would probably see rules about not putting
GPL code into ROM.
The operative difference -- the very reason for an anti-DRM provision in
GPLv3, is to prevent manufacturers from artificially and deliberately
removing the right to tweak the _software_ - that is, from removing
I think Linus, and now you, are doing people a disservice when drawing a
sharp line between hardware and software, and then claiming that what the
software is contained in is somehow irrelevant to the discussion. Linus
is particularly good at debate and has done a good job of making it seem
obnoxious that the GPL has anything to say that might be construed as
reaching beyond this sharp line.
But the simple fact of the matter is that the hardware and software is
inter-related. Referring to a 'right to tweak the hardware' as you have
is a red herring and a misnomer. It misses the point entirely, and it
distracts from discussion of the real issue, which is the right to tweak
the software - that pesky Freedom #1 manufacturers now seem content to
Why don't you respond to the real issue instead of covering it in this
cloak? Why don't you respond to the rest of my points and extend me the
same favor I have extended you? And further, why don't you tell the good
people here why you have not brought your valid concerns about GPLv3 to
the FSF's open drafting process, even after they have invited you and
your colleagues to participate time and time again?
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