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Yes, the FCC might ban your operating system

Eric Schultz

What could possibly make thousands of free software advocates, ham radio operators, researchers and physicians stand together? One obscure FCC rulemaking proposal on wireless radios. Eric Schultz, one of the leaders of the Save Wifi Initiative, discusses the details of the extreme proposals of FCC to control how you use your devices. You'll learn the history of regulators quietly locking down wireless radios and how it's unintentionally extending to a lockdown of the operating systems of devices. Finally, you'll find out some of the problems with proposed workarounds for the FCC lock down proposals.


7 years, 7 months ago

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This talk was presented at LibrePlanet.


LibrePlanet is the Free Software Foundation's annual conference. The FSF campaigns for free/libre software, meaning it respects users' freedom and community. We believe that users are entitled to this; all software should be free.


We do not advocate "open source".

That term was coined to reject our views. It refers to similar practices, but usually presented solely as advantageous, without talking of right and wrong.


Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 by announcing development of the free operating system, GNU. By 1992, GNU was nearly operational; one major essential component was lacking, the kernel.


In 1992, Torvalds freed the kernel Linux, which filled the last gap in GNU. Since then, the combined GNU/Linux system has run in millions of computers. Nowadays you can buy a new computer with a totally free GNU/Linux system preinstalled.


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