safety-critical systems can use ROM
Posted Oct 18, 2006 22:53 UTC (Wed) by man_ls
In reply to: safety-critical systems can use ROM
Parent article: FSF should separate GPLv3 changes (Linux.com)
Putting a small portion of software in ROM and letting the rest be user-serviceable helps freedom. Having a device which can be upgraded by the manufacturer but not by you does not help freedom; the software might as well be burnt in ROM and we would not have the illusion of freedom. Sometimes small locks and visible bars help freedom.
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