But, as I said, it might be consistent, but it also is arguably of very limited use in today’s world.
Since in many countries reverse-engineering for interacting is allowed, you might well have the right to replace the hardware as much as the software. Both are limited by legal barriers to uncertified running and warranty. If a software update blocks your phone's access to the network, so will a hardware tweak, after all.
Replacing software is in most cases a much more feasible strategy, and thus allowing for it gives much better hope of opening a closed product after sale.
Of course B) would be the preferred option, but it isn't the current majority choice, so blocking C) leaves A) as the practically poorer short-term default for much hardware.
I understand that the FSF isn't always concerned with practicality, but others may be; I repeat, it isn't surprising if those feel this is the wrong way to progress.
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