Building a free future in embedded devices
Posted Oct 19, 2006 22:04 UTC (Thu) by jdivine
In reply to: Building a free future in embedded devices
Parent article: Free gadgets need free software
>> "Tivoisation" does not equal "proprietary fork." Not even close.
>For a manufacturer, perhaps not; for an end-user, absolutely.
How can you make this claim? The software is free. The end user is free to download the software and install it to whatever device will run it. The end user is not forced to purchase a crippled hardware device that won't allow unapproved software upgrades. The fact that some hardware is crippled does not affect the freedom of the software.
>However, I'm not claiming that the anti-tivoization clause would encourage manufacturers to use or contribute to Rockbox either.
Yes, you did! In response to a question about how the GPLv3's "anti-tivoization" clause is relevant to this thread, you responded in part:
>Rockbox's very existence holds the possibility of convincing another manufacturer to make a free device, because if they do, they can take advantage of Rockbox and save on engineering and product development costs in order to give them a competitive edge.
Another poster again questioned how the GPLv3 is relevant, and your response began:
>It's relevant because of why GPL is a better license for coprorate contribution than BSD - it prevents proprietary forks and creates a level playing field. GPLv2 has a loop-hole that seems to allow tivoization (proprietary forks).
Taken together, how are these statements _not_ to be interpreted as suggesting that the GPLv3 will encourage manufacturers' use of projects that adopt it? You certainly seem to be saying that manufacturers would be more inclined to use free software in their products if only they could be assured their hard work wouldn't be "taken proprietary." And you've made the mistaken assertion that the GPLv2 allows proprietary forks while the GPLv3 prevents them.
If this is not your position, please clarify it -- succinctly, if at all possible.
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