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You're making FSF's point
Posted Sep 29, 2011 13:10 UTC (Thu) by coriordan (guest, #7544)
No company in their right mind would ever publish a tablet with WP7 or any other entire operating system in non-upgradeable firmware, so FSF's policy is sound.
(And in your example, it still wouldn't be acceptable, since it would be "malicious" firmware.)
Posted Sep 29, 2011 13:46 UTC (Thu) by anselm (subscriber, #2796)
No company in their right mind would ever publish a tablet with WP7 or any other entire operating system in non-upgradeable firmware
Mobile handset manufacturers do that (in effect) all the time. What's the point of making upgrades theoretically possible if actual upgrades are never published?
Posted Sep 29, 2011 16:34 UTC (Thu) by iabervon (subscriber, #722)
For that matter, while end users can't change the firmware, GTA04 can (by flashing the microcontroller differently before putting it on the board). Users can legitimately consider the firmware equivalent to hardware, but GTA04 really can't. If anything, the FSF should endorse users getting the resulting devices, but should not endorse GTA04 making them.
Posted Sep 30, 2011 13:24 UTC (Fri) by vonbrand (subscriber, #4458)
I don't know. My daughter has an HP netbook than boots very fast (from ROM?) into a mini-environment (capable enough for web browsing, Skype, simple document editing AFAIU). So placing the OS into ROM isn't too far fetched nowadays. Google's ChromeOS points into that same direction.
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