Possible routes to kernel on GPLv3
Posted Jan 26, 2007 19:22 UTC (Fri) by bronson
In reply to: Possible routes to kernel on GPLv3
Parent article: GPL 3: An Open-Source Earthquake? (CRN)
Despite what you say, coriordan, I think the market is a very clear reason for the manufacturer not to Tivoise. Think of what Linksys's sales would have been if they had Tivo'd the WRT54G? Significantly lower, that's for sure. Same goes for Archos products. That's two examples and I'm sure I could find more. Your claim that "we've never used our market pressure effectively" is, I think, demonstrably false.
Another reason: the cost. The extra hardware and development time will add to the price of the unit. Most companies won't care what software you run on their box, so they won't bother to lock it down.
Finally, what do you mean by "DRM Frenzy"? I only see DRM on music and movie media. That's hardly a frenzy. And since shiny round discs are pretty much obsolete (you watch), that just leaves Microsoft's Vista-compatible video cards. I think you can see why I'm not terribly worried. And, no, I don't think DRM will catch on in the future either.
It's like making huge sacrifices to save customers from Divx (the Circuit City DRM disaster). Why bother? The customers will save themselves and you can expend your effort on more important things. No need to knock yourself out.
I just looked at gplv3.fsf.org and nothing has changed since September 26th?? That might explain why, in the last 4 months, GPLv3 discussion on LWN doesn't appear to have changed at all. It's the same old arguments, and the same old outcomes (agree to disagree).
So, are we going to see some changes at any point? Or discussion on DRM? Since your committee meetings are private (oh, the irony), I have no idea what the FSF has done in the last 4 months. Heck, it doesn't look like anything at all has changed since 26 August.
I must say, I find the GPLv3, and its decidedly non-free development process, very disappointing.
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