safety-critical systems can use ROM
Posted Oct 18, 2006 10:19 UTC (Wed) by bojan
In reply to: safety-critical systems can use ROM
Parent article: FSF should separate GPLv3 changes (Linux.com)
> Regulators don't like it either when people stick a knife into each other; you are still allowed to buy pointy cutlery.
In some countries, it is illegal for manufacturers to ship devices that aren't "locked" to particular settings. And that's made illegal because the regulators think that users shouldn't be able to fiddle with devices in such manner. Whether this is "right" or not, is another matter.
So, if there was a device on such a market with GPLv3 software on it, the manufacturer would be forced to discontinue it (maybe even recall it), as it would not be compliant with regulations.
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