Motorola gnu/linux phones
David A. Desrosiers
setuid at gmail.com
Sat Aug 11 16:54:22 CEST 2007
On Sat, 2007-08-11 at 16:34 +0200, mr wrote:
> Exactly, the gplv3 is designed to help prevent "Tivoization" as rms
> calls it.
Exactly my point... the GPLv3 prevents the hardware vendors putting in
hardware lock-in that prevents running Linux from being _possible_ on
the hardware, but it certainly holds no provisions to make it _easy_ to
put Linux on the same hardware.
For example, if their DSP is closed, proprietary, and they have their
own binary drivers that are used to address it, they certainly don't
have to produce the source of those DSP drivers to enable the hardware
to function as it does with their custom build that the vendor ships on
the same hardware. You'll have to reverse-engineer that, and write your
own compatible drivers.
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