Next-gen Nokia Linux devices will get multitouch and Qt UI (ars technica)
Posted Oct 14, 2009 11:39 UTC (Wed) by epa
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the freedom of use, enhance, distribute software. GPL (including V2) guarantees that.
Unfortunately not, or at least, not combining one or more of these. If you have a locked-down device that only runs signed binaries, then you can use the software on it, and you can download source code from somewhere and enhance it, but there is no way to change the software and then use your changed version. Similarly, you may be able to distribute the changed code to others, but they will not be able to use it on their device. This is despite the intention of the GPLv2 which is that you should be able to run, share, and change the software freely.
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