Interview: Richard Stallman

“RMS: The Hurd needs lots of work to be competitive in practice
with Linux, but I don’t keep track of the details.

The problem caused by having Linux under GPL v2 is that it can
be tivoized — used in “tyrant” products that don’t allow the user
to replace the operating system with her own version.

Let’s assume the Hurd were practically as complete as Linux. The
Hurd does not allow tivoization, so it can’t be used in tyrant
products. But that would not stop them from making tyrant products
— they would use Linux instead.


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