Posted Aug 26, 2009 15:56 UTC (Wed) by giraffedata
In reply to: Freedom
Parent article: Devices that phone home
But I can definitely see free software advocates demanding that Red Hat at least provide support up to the point where the modification might reasonably be affecting something.
How is this different from the case of kernels with the taint flag set? The expectation there is that kernel devs will just say no to even looking at the problem...
That's a good point -- free software advocates might oppose the taint flag concept, as a something that reduces a person's freedom to modify software.
On the other hand, the taint flag is a lot like the copyright reserved on GPL software: it reduces a recipient's freedom to redistribute code, but is considered pro-free-software in the balance because it tends in the broader picture to increase others' freedoms with respect to the software. Red Hat refusing to service modified (openly) software doesn't have that going for it.
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