Building a free future in embedded devices
Posted Oct 19, 2006 19:34 UTC (Thu) by sepreece
In reply to: Building a free future in embedded devices
Parent article: Free gadgets need free software
"a loop-hole that seems to allow tivoization (proprietary forks)"
I don't think a tivoized device is a "proprietary fork" in any real sense. Normally, a proprietary fork would mean that the code, and future changes to it, disappeared into a proprietary version that was no longer open to the community. From the corporate point of view, the "proprietary fork" issue would be about visibility of competitors' (or others') changes to their code. Tivoization, however, doesn't change the GPL requirements that the source code be made available, so that concern does not apply - the enhanced code is still visible/available.
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