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Linux After about a year of work, the ArchLinux distribution now offers a variant running on the FreeBSD kernel. Says the developer, "Why would I do this? If like me, you enjoy FreeBSD and love it, but also like the philosophy behind Arch Linux, which is a fast, lightweight, optimized distro, I figured why not combine the both. Even though you could just do it on FreeBSD using the ports, not everyone wants to compile." This now puts Arch in the same category as Debian with Debian GNU/KFreeBSD, which offers a Debian userland on top of a FreeBSD kernel.
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RE[7]: Arch BSD, right?
by moondevil on Sat 26th Jan 2013 15:40 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Arch BSD, right?"
moondevil
Member since:
2005-07-08

Sure the carriers are obliged by law to unlock the phones, at least at end of contract.

What you cannot do (legally) is to go some IT shop and ask to get your phone unlocked.

These shops do exist but "no one" does it. ;)

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RE[8]: Arch BSD, right?
by Soulbender on Sun 27th Jan 2013 02:20 in reply to "RE[7]: Arch BSD, right?"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

What you cannot do (legally) is to go some IT shop and ask to get your phone unlocked.


Again, I can't find any credible reference to exactly where in Europe having your phone unlocked by a 3rd party is illegal.

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RE[9]: Arch BSD, right?
by moondevil on Sun 27th Jan 2013 08:05 in reply to "RE[8]: Arch BSD, right?"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

What can be found in 5 minute googling:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SIM_lock

In Portuguese:

http://www.computerworld.com.pt/2010/08/30/mais-facil-desbloquear-t...

The important part is this one:

The mobile operator that blocked the device is the only one allowed by law to unblock it, an operation to be done up to five days limit after being requested by the customer.


Meaning you have the right to unblock the phone but only in certain scenarios as allowed by Portuguese law.

Or if you can read Spanish

http://www.liberar.ws/

Again the important part translated:

The operators are obliged by law to provide the unlocking code for a mobile. After the contract period is finished (around 18 months) you can call the mobile operator and request the device to be unlocked.


The Wikipedia link above gives similar scenarios for some European countries.

The main point is that you can not just unlocked when you feel like doing it, and additionally the operators themselves are the only ones allowed to do it.

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