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Could Apple's iPad be the New Firefox?

Feb 02, 2010, 06:03 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

[ Thanks to Glyn Moody for this link. ]

"In a first of a new regular column for The H, Glyn Moody looks at the iPad: Most people seem to agree that the iPad is a slick piece of technology, and quite plausibly represents the next generation of computing devices. But many feel that the very qualities that make it so desirable also make it profoundly problematic, not least for free software.

"Mind fattening

"It was to be expected that the Free Software Foundation (FSF) would be against it – after all, the FSF sets such a high bar that few activities manage to win its approval.

"And its criticisms are certainly valid:

"DRM is used by Apple to restrict users' freedom in a variety of ways, including blocking installation of software that comes from anywhere except the official Application Store, and regulating every use of movies downloaded from iTunes. Apple furthermore claims that circumventing these restrictions is a criminal offence, even for purposes that are permitted by copyright law."

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