To think about what free software licences should do about tivoisation, we have to understand what problems we're trying to prevent, and how it works - so that we can ensure that it doesn't work.
How tivoisation works
Tivoisation is a technique that manufacturers use to produce a computer, to sell to you, whose software they can update but you can't.
There are three elements involved in tivoisation:
- The manufacturer puts a chip in the computer which checks any software before it is run and which will only allow authorised software to be run.