Re: GPLv3 Position Statement

From: Krzysztof Halasa
Date: Wed Sep 27 2006 - 17:01:46 EST

Linus Torvalds <torvalds@xxxxxxxx> writes:

> But the whole point was to just show how silly the whole "upgradable" vs
> "not upgradable" discussion is. We're literally talking about something
> where apparently it matters to the GPLv3 whether a pin on a chip is
> connected to software or hardware (or not at all). Is that sane?

I admit I haven't read the last GPLv3 draft, but for me the "freedom"
(=> benefit) is not the ability to alter software in some specific
existing device, but rather to take the software, perhaps modify it
and use in _my_ hardware device.

I can't use a modified kernel with their TIVO platform? No problem,
Chinese can make a better one, or maybe some mini ITX board from
VIA would do.

Though I think "upgrading" engine settings of my car could be nice,
never had time to look at it :-)
Krzysztof Halasa
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