safety-critical systems can use ROM
Posted Oct 18, 2006 23:33 UTC (Wed) by bojan
In reply to: safety-critical systems can use ROM
Parent article: FSF should separate GPLv3 changes (Linux.com)
> No. It can only receive bug fixes from *one* place -- the holder of the secrets that allow the modified software to run.
Yes, that's what I meant. The manufacturer of the device and/or service provider can do that easily. And that's exactly what they want.
> The GPL is designed *explicitly* to allow the user to have this power, so that if the software is modifiable at all, they can choose bug fixes and improvements from any available source.
Hmm... I don't think a lot of service providers would appreciate such freedom in their devices. After all, users usually enter into contracts with service providers about "permitted behaviour" on the network. Having a device on a network that can be easily modified can cause network disruptions that affects other users (i.e. customers). Not good for business...
I know, they can use proprietary software. I reckon that's exactly what they would do if the only other option was GPLv3 licensed software. Maybe that's good for FOSS - I don't know.
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