Locked down devices
Posted Jan 30, 2009 12:13 UTC (Fri) by forthy
Parent article: Mobile Linux at linux.conf.au
To be honest, as free software person, I'm not interested in locked
down devices; whether they run WinCE or Linux is irrelevant. Locking down
a device with Linux on it is already against the spirit of the GPL, and
AFAIK Harald Welte managed to "unlock" a Siemens router some years ago
with the help of a court and GPLv2, so at least in Germany, it seems to
be against the letters of the GPLv2, too.
Android at least gives developers a chance to get an unlocked device,
so at least it is not that bad. But the business model of both handset
makers and telcos is anti-competitive, and therefore unethical. With the
exception of France, legislators don't seem to understand that.
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