about "put it in ROM"
Posted Oct 18, 2006 21:31 UTC (Wed) by bronson
In reply to: about "put it in ROM"
Parent article: FSF should separate GPLv3 changes (Linux.com)
Reply to your blog (commenting here because I don't want to sign up for yet another site):
So, by cutting out option 2, GPLv3 should increase the number of manufacturers who will choose option 1 in the future...
- Give people the software, with all the usual freedoms
- Give people the software but use DRM to prevent them from being able to run modified versions
- Put the software in a ROM chip (or put a locked door on the device containing the software)
That's some tortured logic. How are you going to cut out option 2? The GPLv2 will still allow it and clearly there are a large number of people who are still interested in its existence.
Besides, option 2 is a freedom that I personally value highly. All this talk of restricting what you can and cannot do with the compiled software... If the FSF shares your view on freedom, maybe it's time for them to change their name to the "Free Sourcecode Foundation"?
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