safety-critical systems can use ROM
Posted Oct 19, 2006 20:13 UTC (Thu) by vonbrand
In reply to: safety-critical systems can use ROM
Parent article: FSF should separate GPLv3 changes (Linux.com)
As Moglen and Stallman have repeatedly pointed out, in conditions where non-modifiability is critical for safety, or because of legal constraints, you can always use a ROM.
That is completely absurd. To place said software in ROM makes it next to impossible to update/fix, for absolutely no good (technical) reason. It will even go against the (probable) requirement to be able to update said software ASAP in all deployed systems in case some failure mode is discovered later on. Won't happen, period. If it means "don't use YaddaYadda-licensed software", they'll write their own, or get it elsewhere. In that kind of scenario, the cost of QA in general is probably much higher than developing stuff from scratch, so there is no particular incentive to go open source.
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