Building a free future in embedded devices
Posted Oct 19, 2006 22:42 UTC (Thu) by cventers
In reply to: Building a free future in embedded devices
Parent article: Free gadgets need free software
> 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.
If the receiving user of a piece of software cannot adapt said software
under Freedom #1, then by definition it is not free software, at least if
you adopt FSF's original terminology. And as Stallman says, "If the
software is missing in a significant way one of these freedoms, then the
software is proprietary software."
> Taken together, how are these statements _not_ to be interpreted as
> suggesting that the GPLv3 will encourage manufacturers' use of projects
> that adopt it?
Because GPLv3's relevance to Rockbox is not in the promotion of Rockbox to
hardware manufacturers. Rockbox's property as _free software_ makes it
attractive to hardware manufacturers. So far GPLv3 isn't relevant, right?
GPLv3 is relevant to Rockbox because it clarifies the terminology used to
uphold Freedoms 0-3 such that Tivoization is not possible. And I have
brought up a number of times now that Tivoization could effectively kill
Note that when I bring up the 'level playing field' it is _wrong_ to think
of the playing field as only consisting of companies. Rockbox developers
don't have the tools or money necessary to make the hardware on which
Rockbox runs. Thusly, if all their potential hardware uses Rockbox but
allows no one but the hardware manufacturer to update it, the Rockbox
developers have just been excluded from participating in their own
project. That's not a level playing field, and that's _exactly_ why GPLv3
is relevant to Rockbox.
Would you like to address that point, instead of combining aspects of
multiple discreet arguments I am making into a phony straw-man that you
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