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Locked-Down Tablets Endanger FLOSS For End Users 242

itwbennett writes "If you buy into the idea that tablets (and ultrabooks, and smartphones) in the enterprise are nothing more than glorified thin clients, then Microsoft's Surface presentation seemed more flashback than future. And if you're a fan of free software, the announcement might also have struck fear in your heart. While Microsoft has never locked out apps based on license, it's not impossible that they might chose a more locked-down Apple-esque approach for Surface, writes blogger Brian Proffitt. 'And that could put free software for end users very much at risk.'"
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Locked-Down Tablets Endanger FLOSS For End Users

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  • Re:Lock Out (Score:5, Interesting)

    by UnknowingFool ( 672806 ) on Wednesday June 20, 2012 @11:34AM (#40385849)
    And when did this happen? Oh you're referring to VLC where some of developers objected to it being placed in the App Store by someone else. The developers objected to Apple putting DRM on the code (which they put on all apps) which goes against GPL. So Apple removed it. How dare Apple respect copyright by following the wishes of the copyright holders!
  • Re:Lock Out (Score:4, Interesting)

    by jschottm ( 317343 ) on Wednesday June 20, 2012 @12:28PM (#40386643)

    I've bought plenty of GPL software through retailers who didn't have to supply me with the source code.

    "Your license to each App Store Product is subject to the Licensed Application End User License Agreement set forth below, and you agree that such terms will apply unless the App Store Product is covered by a valid end user license agreement entered into between you and the licensor of that App Store Product (the "Application Provider"), in which case the Application Providerâ(TM)s end user license agreement will apply to that App Store Product ... You acknowledge that: you are acquiring the license to each Third-Party Product from the Application Provider"

    Even if your argument was true, all they'd have to do is provide the ability to download the source code (which they get to charge for).

  • Re:Really? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by hairyfeet ( 841228 ) <bassbeast1968@@@gmail...com> on Wednesday June 20, 2012 @12:55PM (#40387029) Journal

    And whose fault would that be? Time for a dose of cold hard truth boys and girls, if the community would have had a living shitfit at the half baked crap coming from the devs, you know EXACTLY what I'm talking about, crap like companies having to release new drivers even for old stuff because Linus and the kernel fiddlers kept breaking shit, the DE wars, Pulseaudio, repos full of half baked software with zero QC or QA, well then maybe you'd have enough marketshare that MSFT wouldn't dare!

    When Shuttleworth flushes millions down the toilet and Linux never breaks single digits and most places have it close to the same 2% its been in years, when you are offering your product for free with no strings attached and people would STILL rather steal the other guy's product, when forum hunts and CLI copypasta is treated as par for the course on update, when your forums are filled with "Ur a M$ Shill!" and "Works4me" because a vocal segment of your users treat your product as a cult instead of an OS? Well folks its time to suck it up and take a good long hard look in the mirror.

    I would STRONGLY suggest you read these [google.com] two informative [narod.ru] articles, the first by one of the RH devs, and then you will know why FLOSS is so easily blocked with so few giving a shit. The second one has over a hundred links pointing out serious long term problems that are either 1.-swept under the rug, 2.-Ignored, or 3.-Treated as hearasay if you even bring them up. I'm sure this post will be buried by those that treated FLOSS as a religion, aka the FOSSies as I've often called them, because their answer to everything that isn't "Gee Biff, isn't FLOSS Swell, it sure is Skip, RMS is a God among men and M$ burns babies!" is treated like crapping on the Baby Jesus, but in the end the numbers don't lie. if there hadn't been so much infighting, reinventing the wheel, NIH, ignoring of obvious issues, and using the fact that it was free as an excuse to settle for half ass? Well then frankly the numbers would be such that MSFT wouldn't dare block it. the fact that they can and most of the planet couldn't care less just shows a failing in FLOSS to give the people what they want and to offer a better product as far as I'm concerned.

  • Re:Really? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by morgauxo ( 974071 ) on Wednesday June 20, 2012 @02:46PM (#40388519)
    Under the DMCA we aren't free to unlock the devices after we buy them. How is that freedom?

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