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Interview: Richard Stallman

Mar 21, 2012, 15:00 (0 Talkback[s])

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"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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