Posted Jun 22, 2007 19:37 UTC (Fri) by man_ls
In reply to: More quotes of the week - scenes from a flame war
Parent article: More quotes of the week - scenes from a flame war
How true. I can understand how Linus sees TiVo as "not evil", even if he has to disguise it with strange "working bee" analogies. Kernel developers want to extend kernel usage as much as possible, since it gives them good jobs and fame. Kernel users (that is, essentially all of us -- including kernel developers) want to keep our freedoms, granted to us by the choice of license.
In this particular context it seems that Linux is only used in TiVo because it can be locked down, and therefore users are set to lose regardless; the alternatives would be some other proprietary systems. So Linus says "better locked Linux than nothing", i.e. "I don't care about how Linux is used". Meanwhile the FSF says "let's not make it easy for locked down devices", which translates roughly to "give me liberty or give me death". Both positions have merit IMHO, so both sides should be heard.
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