Linked by David Adams on Mon 2nd Aug 2010 03:53 UTC, submitted by fsmag
GNU, GPL, Open Source We are heading towards a world where we no longer own the hardware we buy -- and there is no point in having free software if you can't own your hardware.
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Only geeks will care.
by moondevil on Mon 2nd Aug 2010 10:31 UTC
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I do care, and I try to only get hardware that will allow me to tweak it.

But normal people couldn't care less, and this is where all these companies win.

They get free software as a means to lower their development costs, not because they share any kind of ideals with the open source community.

Using the mobile phone manufactures as an example, if you would be able to upgrade the installed OS, the technical support costs would increase and people would not buy new phones to get the new OS version.

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