article on GPLv3, Linux kernel, and Devices Rigged to Malfunction

Shane M. Coughlan shane at
Sat Oct 21 12:36:34 UTC 2006

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Ciaran O'Riordan wrote:
> Yavor Doganov <yavor at> writes:
>> Great article, thank you.  But the comments are rather scary
> I'm not too worried about the comments on the site.  Public opinion doesn't
> change after one article, so we just have to keep explaining and
> participating in the discussion.

I agree Ciaran.  Be passing a consistent and coherent message outwards
people will at least have the option of empowering information.  It's
easy for extreme statements to be made in a negative or positive way.
It's far more difficult to foster a dialog.

> Option #2 is market pressure, which is a much more difficult.  Our job would
> be much easier if our kernels were GPLv3'd, but as Alex explained, even
> GPLv3'd kernels are not a magic bullet.  Rejecting DRM in the market is
> something we should do anyway, and is a starting point for
> that.

One good thing I have noted is that people don't usually like the
ramifications of DRM.  I believe that - in the long-term - we can make a
real difference by helping people explore their unease and solidify
their feelings regarding unfair technology.


PS: Devices Rigged to Malfunction...well done my son!

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