Building a free future in embedded devices
Posted Oct 19, 2006 4:41 UTC (Thu) by cventers
In reply to: Why hardware and not software?
Parent article: Free gadgets need free software
My suggestion is three-fold:
1. Support unrestrained hardware; do not buy hardware with hardware DRM
locks that prohibit you from changing the software!
2. Support the GPLv3's anti-Tivoization principal, the lack of which
threatens to turn free software into proprietary.
3. Support Rockbox and other efforts of this nature! Even if the major
player manufacturers wall off their players with hardware DRM, they'll
currently have to do it with unfree software. But what happens if
manufacturers lock off their devices with unfree software and hardware
DRM? This leaves open a market opportunity for a smaller company to step
onto the market with a Rockbox-derived free player, which will cost them
less to build and deliver more features.
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