safety-critical systems can use ROM
Posted Oct 18, 2006 19:57 UTC (Wed) by RareCactus
In reply to: safety-critical systems can use ROM
Parent article: FSF should separate GPLv3 changes (Linux.com)
But what if the user lives in a country where he needs frequency X, but he only has a phone that is locked to frequency Y?
Then the company that made the phone software is in violation of the end user clause of the GPLv3.
This is just one example of why the GPLv3 is a terrible idea, and is going to hurt commercial adoption of open source software. Companies avoid legal grey areas like this like the plague, because they don't want to waste time and money on legal hassles.
Of course, RMS doesn't care about stuff like this. He's happy to sit in his ivory tower and tinker with HURD, which they rewrite every few months or so (heavily borrowing from the Linux sources of course.) RMS does not believe in choice-- he believes that all software should be open source, and that closed source software is immoral. I am NOT kidding about this, read his web page if you doubt me.
But Linus, who is a running a real project that is making a real difference in the world, recognizes that this license is a poison pill for open source projects, and is happy to avoid it. Good for him, and for us who use and contribute to Linux.
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