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Re: GPLv3 comedy unfolding -- Linus' "Ode to GPLv2"

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: GPLv3 comedy unfolding -- Linus' "Ode to GPLv2"
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 04:37:16 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux) (Alan Curry) writes:

> Linus and the other "open source" people aren't afraid. He even
> makes fun of us for being afraid, and for whining about Tivo. Tivo,
> of course, is unimportant. It wouldn't be worth paying attention to,
> if it weren't the beginning of a trend with no definite endpoint.
> Today you can buy a PC and install whatever software you like,
> including that which you wrote yourself, and use that to replace a
> Tivo.

You can't buy a playstation and similar stuff and install whatever
software you like.  You need to have them "modded" which gets
increasingly made harder and voids your warranty.  The trend where
software is unmodifiable by the user in spite of coming with source
and being in rewritable memory is already becoming standard for new

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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