Possibilities for commercial software?

Harald Welte laforge at openmoko.org
Fri Jan 26 18:28:23 CET 2007

On Thu, Jan 25, 2007 at 10:04:54PM +0100, Ortwin Regel wrote:
> What about DRM, is there a way to bind a program to a sync ID like
> it's usually done with PalmOS or to a device ID? (It should be
> possible to bind it to an SD card ID, right?) 

While I'm not in charge of marketing or strategic decisions, the whole
point of this project is to provide a truly open device, which gives all
freedoms to the user.

Any form of DRM will inevitably restrict the user and take away his
freedom.  I see a fundamental incompatibility with the mission and ideas
of this project.

So I sincerely doubt that OpenMoko would ever actively support
proprietary applications (e.g. by DRM hooks).  We certainly cannot do
anything against them, though.  Every user is free to decided whether he
would want to run proprietary software (yes, that even includes the
unfortunately proprietary GPSd) on his Neo1973.

- Harald Welte <laforge at openmoko.org>          	        http://openmoko.org/
Software for the worlds' first truly open Free Software mobile phone

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