Re: Proposal - Deferment of Changes from GR 2004-003
Xavier Roche <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> The question is: is software meaning "any turing-machine-derivated data",
> or "binary code executed on the machine where Debian is installed" ?
No, the question is: "if I were to modify these bits, could I change
how my computer works?" And the answer is, of course, yes.
And so the question is "why can I not modify these bits?" and the
answer is: the author refuses to permit me access to the source and
restricts my copying of the bits.
Now, why does the company not release the source? Easy: they want to
keep secret how the hardware works. And then you reward them, by
saying that since the hardware's construction is seekrit, I should not
care about my inability to constructively modify the firmware.
To tell me that I must be a special expert to modify them misses the
point. You must be a special expert to modify any program; one of the
geniuses of free software is that if I am not an expert I could hire