Bitfrost: the OLPC security model
Posted Feb 8, 2007 20:51 UTC (Thu) by cjb
In reply to: Bitfrost: the OLPC security model
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I'm not sure I buy that. If OLPC gets to do this, couldn't Tivo do the same thing?
Remove their restrictions by bundling an offer to supply a developer key that gives you complete access to the machine if you want it? Sure, they could, and they'd be GPLv3-compliant by my interpretation if they did.
They presumably won't, because they don't want you to be able to (for example) use a public source of TV listings and stop paying them for monthly service.
The vast majority of people won't know, won't bother, or won't qualify.
No, if you've bought the device, it would be a breach of GPLv3 to not give you the key on request. A "restricted" developer program wouldn't suffice. (But no-one's suggesting the OLPC program will be restricted.)
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