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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[9]: Arch BSD, right?
by moondevil on Sun 27th Jan 2013 08:05 UTC 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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RE[10]: Arch BSD, right?
by Soulbender on Sun 27th Jan 2013 08:15 in reply to "RE[9]: Arch BSD, right?"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

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.


Does blocking equal locking in this case?


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


And NONE of them states that it is illegal to unlock your phone yourself or have someone do it for you, at least not for any of the European countries on the list.

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RE[11]: Arch BSD, right?
by Laurence on Sun 27th Jan 2013 11:46 in reply to "RE[10]: Arch BSD, right?"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Does blocking equal locking in this case?

Nope. They're entirely different things

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RE[11]: Arch BSD, right?
by moondevil on Sun 27th Jan 2013 16:22 in reply to "RE[10]: Arch BSD, right?"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

And NONE of them states that it is illegal to unlock your phone yourself or have someone do it for you, at least not for any of the European countries on the list.


And yet the Portuguese law states otherwise.

http://www.anacom.pt/render.jsp?contentId=1027945

Google translate link,
http://translate.google.de/translate?sl=pt&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en...


Article number 3. Only the entity that locked the phone is allowed to perform such operation.

For us locking means both SIM lock or any other form of device locking.

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RE[10]: Arch BSD, right?
by Laurence on Sun 27th Jan 2013 11:45 in reply to "RE[9]: Arch BSD, right?"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Blocking isn't the same as locking.

A block is there to stop the phone being used if it's stolen. It's the telecoms equivalent of having your bank card blocked if you suspect someone has stolen your wallet. Thus it's in the best interest of the consumers to make blocking illegal (not that it does much to stop phone theft, but at least it's intentions are honourable).

Locking is just an arbitrary restriction to prevent a phone being used on different networks (or 'carriers' as Americans refer to it). There's no good reason why you'd want to make that illegal - aside to deliberately screw consumers over.

Thus unlocking phones is -as far as I'm aware- completely legal in the EU, but unblocking is illegal.

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