safety-critical systems can use ROM
Posted Oct 18, 2006 21:41 UTC (Wed) by bronson
In reply to: safety-critical systems can use ROM
Parent article: FSF should separate GPLv3 changes (Linux.com)
GPLv3 says that DRM isn't an option, so the phone maker will have to go with ROM or a lump of plastic. The effects on phone buyers is the same.
...Until the phone buyer needs to upgrade the firmware on his handset. Maybe he wants a fix for a manufacturer defect, or for his phone to follow the new bluetooth standards, or just add a feature. Happens all the time. Yet, if the software is in ROM, the user is SOL.
How can anybody possibly think that my freedom is increased by putting the software that I use into ROM instead of Flash? This just boggles the mind.
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