FSF should separate GPLv3 changes (Linux.com)
Posted Oct 18, 2006 13:27 UTC (Wed) by khim
In reply to: FSF should separate GPLv3 changes (Linux.com)
Parent article: FSF should separate GPLv3 changes (Linux.com)
I see an overall lack of understanding of consumer device development in this thread.
True. And that's good thing. I (and most of others) don't care about products "lifespan on market". I do care about usage. I f I do want to tinker with the box in the future - I'll buy Linux-based device. If I do not want to tinker with the box - I'll buy WinCE or VxWorks or whatever. My friends bought WTR54GL (and not WRT54G which is cheaper) exactly to have the ability to play with it later. When I buy the linux-based device and later (when this device is of course already fogotten by the manufacturer and is not supported) found out that there are no way to tinker with it - it feels like betrayal of trust...
Now if there are no way to bring Linux-based tweakable device on the market - bring WinCE's or VxWork's based one. This is where I truly don't care what's inside of the box: if I don't have the ability to change it what difference it makes if it's MS-DOS, Linux or even OS/360 ?
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