safety-critical systems can use ROM
Posted Oct 18, 2006 6:32 UTC (Wed) by timschmidt
In reply to: safety-critical systems can use ROM
Parent article: FSF should separate GPLv3 changes (Linux.com)
> No. It can only receive bug fixes from *one* place -- the holder of the
> secrets that allow the modified software to run. The GPL is designed
> *explicitly* to allow the user to have this power, so that if the software
> is modifiable at all, they can choose bug fixes and improvements from any
> available source.
And it's not like shipping out a $1 hobbled flash chip or actual ROM is too costly a thing to do - even a hundred times - for a multi-hundred-million dollar plane.
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