about "put it in ROM"
Posted Oct 19, 2006 11:28 UTC (Thu) by coriordan
In reply to: about "put it in ROM"
Parent article: FSF should separate GPLv3 changes (Linux.com)
GPLv3 cuts out option #2. GPLv2 will still have option #2, as will many other free software licences. Developers can choose what licence to use.
The way that GPLv3 cuts out option #2 does not interfere with "what you can and cannot do with the compiled software". GPLv3 only says that if you distribution a software+hardware system, and if you rigg the hardware to malfunction if the software does not have an approved fingerprint, then you have to also distribute whatever digital magic dust is needed to authorise a fingerprint.
So this only places a requirement on people who are distributing products which combine software+hardware, and which are specially rigged to prevent running software modification. It is very unlikely that this includes you. It doesn't include any of the Linux hackers, AFAICT, and it doesn't include Red Hat, or Debian, or SuSE, or Ubuntu. It is only an additional requirement on the company behind the Tivo, and some router manufacturers.
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