FSF should separate GPLv3 changes (Linux.com)
Posted Oct 18, 2006 12:33 UTC (Wed) by svkelley
In reply to: FSF should separate GPLv3 changes (Linux.com)
Parent article: FSF should separate GPLv3 changes (Linux.com)
>>As I stated somewhere below, TIVO is circumventing the freedoms granted by the GPL. They are taking work from others and denying the freedoms granted by the license. If they can't live with people recompiling and running new versions of the software, why don't they write their own OS or pay up to another vendor?
Indeed, that is what will happen. Companies can and will choose WinCE and other commercial operating systems due to this restriction. Love it or leave it, understood.
We aren't making devices for hobbyist programmers. I am not an exception. In fact, just my interest in embedded Linux has been an uphill battle. GPLv3 essentially puts a knife in many interested developers like myself who want to see their company make greater use of embedded Linux. I am not making this liability and certification issue up. These are real commericial costs that have to be factored into the decision making for doing a device at all. I see an overall lack of understanding of consumer device development in this thread. Products come and go. They are changed quite frequently - sometimes they have a 3-6 month lifespan. We are not talking PCs with a standard platform for development.
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