Le vendredi 07 novembre 2008 à 00:27 +0100, Michelle Konzack a écrit : > The problem is, that even if it is mass production since some time, I > can not distribute the firmware as open source since it change the > behavour of the hardware which then can distrurb the GSM network. This reasoning, as any security-by-obscurity one, is completely flawed. As long as the firmware is distributed separately, you can modify it, whether it is open source or not. Not having the source never prevented people from making modifications. This is precisely a reason why manufacturers should actually distribute the sources for such firmware files. Having the source available helps fixing bugs and in the end you can make a new, improved firmware that can be submitted, if necessary in your country, to the local authorities for being allowed for use on production hardware. When the firmware is not open source, the only things that you will see people do by modifying it will be breaking the limitations to work with frequencies they are not supposed to. When it is open source, you can still expect that, but you can also expect actual improvement in the firmware and the driver. Pick your choice. -- .''`. : :' : We are debian.org. Lower your prices, surrender your code. `. `' We will add your hardware and software distinctiveness to `- our own. Resistance is futile.
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