[personal profile] dnasquared
Especially relevant with the closed Apple and other ecosystems (Amazon Kindle, I'm talking to you) that industry is trying to promote.

http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/04/18/the-users-manifesto-in-defense-of-hacking-modding-and-jailbreaking/.

It pretty much nails what my opinions are on the matter. If I buy it, it should be mine and I should be able to, within reason, do what I want with it, without interference. Within reason, covers that anything I do to my device shouldn't adversely affect other folks (no turning my xbox 360 into something that'll ruin the performance/experience of a bunch of other online gamers).

I understand that people will argue 'but there are hardware subsidies that rely on a closed marketplace and walled garden so they can gouge me to recoup their subsidy and then some.' My reply to that, is simple: Nobody is forcing you to sell at a loss. I bought it, it's mine. If your walled garden or offering isn't sufficiently compelling, that's your fault, not mine. I don't like closed ecosystems, because they promote not just vendor lock-in, but a price-fixed monopoly since there are no other supported options once I've purchased the device.

If I buy an iPad, I should be able to put software I want on it, not just what's in the Apple Store. If I buy a Kindle, I should be able to get my books from whatever source I want, not just Amazon. This is why I will buy neither product.
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