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Re:Would someone please explain Linus DRM

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on February 04, 2006 12:54 AM
What this draft of the GPLv3 does prevent is the Tivo scenario. Apparently, Tivo uses the Linux kernel and obeys the letter of GPLv2, but no user can run a modified kernel on their Tivo, because the hardware won't run an unsigned kernel.

But would this apply to other devices, like a mobile phone? Is it a good idea for people to be able to control what information their phone sends or receives? I personally would like to be able to view the source for the code running on my phone to make sure it doesn't have any flaws, but I'd also want to be sure that not just anybody to load whatever code they see fit and impersonate me or interfere with my service. If this is just limited to DRM use, as in Tivo, but doesn't apply to devices using signed binaries to prevent interference with critical infrastructure (not as in, it's critical I control content), then I'm more in line with that, but I still think it's a little extreme for a software license to be dictating how a hardware device that runs the code is manufactured. On the other hand if that prevents the hardware from loading encrypted software that isn't released to other people yet is required for the code to run, again, I'm for that.


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