- iPhone completely blocks free software. Developers must pay a tax to Apple, who becomes the sole authority over what can and can't be on everyone's phones.
- iPhone endorses and supports Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) technology.
- iPhone exposes your whereabouts and provides ways for others to track you without your knowledge.
- iPhone won't play patent- and DRM-free formats like Ogg Vorbis and Theora.
- iPhone is not the only option. There are better alternatives on the horizon that respect your freedom, don't spy on you, play free media formats, and let you use free software -- like the FreeRunner.
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Comment by DaveB, on 12-Jul-2008 11:12
The only good thing about the iPhone is that it looks good ... somewhat akin to manicured nails and nice clothes on a piece of mutton dressed up as lamb!
It is a fashion accessory for a lot of people and hey, if one wants to spend money on fashion ......
Comment by Adam, on 12-Jul-2008 11:30
On the front page of nzcity.co.nz - Nice work Foobar!
Comment by KevDaly, on 12-Jul-2008 14:16
I am rather tired of the way the Free Software Foundation have given themselves the right to redefine the common English word "free".
Very Alice In Wonderland.
Comment by jermsie, on 12-Jul-2008 17:39
The FreeRunner looks chunky and doesn't have anywhere near the same amount of sleekness as with the iPhone, especially in the UI. The problem with opensource is (including linux OS), there aren't corporate bodies that keep an eye on design continuity and ease of use. Developers of free open source software are really on their own so there's this mish mash of buggy.. feature/functionality lacking programs and devices.
Comment by Doug Whitfield, on 16-Jul-2008 09:25
@KevDaly FSF isn't redefining free, they are simply using an already established definition. Example: "I let the people in the jail go free, but it cost them $20 a piece."
Comment by peter roberts, on 30-Jan-2010 12:41
"iphone exposes your whereabouts"
is this true ??
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