safety-critical systems can use ROM
Posted Oct 18, 2006 11:07 UTC (Wed) by bojan
In reply to: safety-critical systems can use ROM
Parent article: FSF should separate GPLv3 changes (Linux.com)
> That's why it's important to ensure that free software can't be warped by such manufacturers.
Sadly, if manufacturers (PCs included) get pushed into DRM-or-nothing direction by big content providers, free software as defined by GPLv3 would simply not be an option as no manufacturer would give you their hardware keys. And given their contracts with content providers and the desire to ship hardware that can present whatever content providers make (i.e. what the masses like to see), they would pick revenue over freedom any day (most manufacturers are big business, which is all about making money). End result, such free software just wouldn't run on any hardware, which would make it irrelevant.
Now, whether that's worse than GPLv2 free software that can be locked down through hardware DRM, I don't know.
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