safety-critical systems can use ROM
Posted Oct 19, 2006 0:18 UTC (Thu) by bojan
In reply to: safety-critical systems can use ROM
Parent article: FSF should separate GPLv3 changes (Linux.com)
> *Whose* devices? The legal owner of the device, not the service provider, gets to say what software changes occur on it.
Not necessarily. It all depends on the contract the owner of the device has with the provider.
I think you also interpreted my sentence too literally. Sure, once the device is sold it belongs to the user. But when it's displayed in the shop, it is "their device" (i.e. the service provider's). Regardless, it's the contract that determines who gets to update the software.
I know, there are examples with cars and how you can do whatever you like with them once they have been sold to you. But those analogies don't apply here, as there is (generally) no contract of service provision between the car manufacturers and car users.
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