safety-critical systems can use ROM
Posted Oct 19, 2006 0:01 UTC (Thu) by bignose
In reply to: safety-critical systems can use ROM
Parent article: FSF should separate GPLv3 changes (Linux.com)
> I don't think a lot of service providers would appreciate such freedom in
> their devices.
*Whose* devices? The legal owner of the device, not the service provider, gets to say what software changes occur on it.
In the case where the service provider *is* the legal owner of the device, they get to change it however they like. Not otherwise.
> After all, users usually enter into contracts with service
> providers about "permitted behaviour" on the network.
Right. And if the user causes their device to breach that "permitted behaviour", they lose their service. If those are the terms of the service, so be it.
This is quite orthogonal to the issue of preventing a legal owner of a device from getting their software improvements from anywhere they like and installing them.
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