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Fellowship of FSFE: Tivoisation Explained--Implementation and Harms

Dec 19, 2006, 19:00 (18 Talkback[s])

"Tivoisation is a technique that manufacturers use to produce a computer, to sell to you, whose software they can update but you can't.

"There are three elements involved in tivoisation:

  1. "The manufacturer puts a chip in the computer which checks any software before it is run and which will only allow authorised software to be run.
  2. "The chip can recognise authorised software by, for example, comparing a checksum (like a fingerprint) to a list of authorised checksums, or by checking for an encrypted signature.
  3. "The manfucturer withholds the information which you would need in order to make software authorised..."

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