Linked by gsyoungblood on Tue 20th Jul 2010 18:01 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless On July 15th the latest Android super-phone was released by Motorola and Verizon Wireless. All hail the Droid X. The release was not without controversy though. The Droid X, while greatly raising the bar for Android phones in general, does so at the expense of the very power users and community that made the original Droid the gotta-have phone it became. Alienating this group may have far reaching consequences for Motorola.
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By the way, wasn´t the GPLv3 designed to prevent things like this?

Yes, but I don't think it applies if you can upgrade the parts of the phone that are gpl3.

So if you have program "foo" (licensed under gpl3) installed, and you can upgrade program "foo" to a modified version without breaking the phone, you are in compliance with gpl3.

Motorola is free to wedge the phone if you modify the kernel, for example - because kernel is under gpl2. It may be that the phone has no gpl3 software in the first place.

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