Some of us knew this 30 years ago
Posted Jul 24, 2013 23:20 UTC (Wed) by khim
In reply to: Some of us knew this 30 years ago
Parent article: Android 4.3
Uhm, it's perfectly possible to make a DRM system using only GPL-licensed software - TiVo does this.
GPLv3 plugs this loophole. Unfortunately result was opposite to FSF's expectations: instead of opening the devices GPLv3 killed GPL.
GPL went from something companies accepted after some grumbling to something they try to avoid as much as possible. GCC was prime example of almost-indespensable GPL software. Today... people are talking about when they will drop GCC. Not if!
Situation with other stuff is not better: Android went to great pains to drop bluez, for example (iPhone had about two years of head-start with Bluetooth SMART), etc.
GPL was quite clever scheme to boil the frog¹), but GPLv3 added too much heat and now frog is out the pan²).
I'm not sure yet if it's good or bad thing, but it's a fact we need to keep in mind.
¹) covert the whole industry to the copyleft principles.
²) industry revolved.
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