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

Rui Miguel Silva Seabra rms at
Wed Oct 25 13:42:31 UTC 2006

Seg, 2006-10-23 às 14:19 +0100, Alex Hudson escreveu:
> On Mon, 2006-10-23 at 12:50 +0100, Mark Brown wrote:
> > Requiring signed binaries is exactly what TiVo are doing.
> Ok, I didn't know that. I think, though, that the rest of the points
> stand - primarily that requiring signed binaries doesn't seem to me to
> be a terribly common tactic, even though it would be relatively simple
> (and is already pretty common on other platforms, like w32, esp. in
> areas such as driver development).

It is a very hard problem if those keys can't be controlled by the user
who owns said hardware.

If the vendor of the hardware controls the keys, then the vendor is in
control and not the user.

That's perverse. At lest be honest and make ROMs. Oh it's more expensive
to correct errors? Too bad...

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