Building a free future in embedded devices
Posted Oct 19, 2006 20:36 UTC (Thu) by jdivine
In reply to: Building a free future in embedded devices
Parent article: Free gadgets need free software
I do not agree that applying the GPLv3 "anti-tivoization" clause to Rockbox would encourage manufacturers to use Rockbox. Nor would it encourage them to contribute code to Rockbox.
- The only thing that "tivoization" prevents is running unapproved code on certain hardware devices. Manufacturer A does not care about running modified code on Manufacturer B's device.
- Even if a Manufacturer B "tivoizes" Rockbox -- even if their "tivoized" Rockbox contains Manufacturer A's code -- the code still has to be released. Manufacturer A can still use that code. That's all that Manufacturer A cares about.
From a manufacturer's perspective, the GPLv2 protects their contributions just as well as the GPLv3 does.
"Tivoisation" does not equal "proprietary fork." Not even close.
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