Freedoms granted by the GPLvX
Posted Oct 18, 2006 18:53 UTC (Wed) by Arker
In reply to: Freedoms granted by the GPLvX
Parent article: FSF should separate GPLv3 changes (Linux.com)
You're mistaken, the FSF position hasn't changed in the least.
If the manufacturer can update the device, the customer must be able to as well.
If the manufacturer cannot update the device (as in the microwave) that's not the same situation.
What's changed is not the FSF position, what's changed is that more devices are being made which the manufacturers want to pretend are embedded, unchangeable devices, but really aren't. Tivo is, as usual, a great example. They can and do change the code on those things regularly, for their own purposes. They aren't willing to allow the actual owners of the devices, their customers, to do the same. That's where they're breaking the fundamental intention and spirit of the GPL, and that's why the GPLv3 is needed and is clearly in the same spirit.
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