> It's getting better, and it's not thanks to the FSF:
Well, in part it is. Not particularly to the FSF, but rather thanks
to GPL. The ultimate non-free device for me is now the iPhone:
A beautiful device on top of any usability score list, with a
powerful unix-like OS at its heart. But the BSD licence allows
Apple to get every profit from the (originally open) code, at the
same time putting users into a (albeit golden) cage.
The fact that the GPL is very clear about derived work has hugely
helped to push evolution into the right direction.
My impression is: Most manufacturers simply don't care mouch about
openness or closedness, as long as they can use code to speed up
development significantly. If they have to release source code then
-- what the heck. This part of how the Linux explosion has worked.