Originally Posted by Ankh
IMHO, they have no choice. They have to listen to community, and address the issues, or risk facing a competition with open source replacement. THAT is a losing battle. In the long run, that "community noise" associated with OSS development beats the living hell out of resources that any company can throw at the maintenance of their software, and some crappy OSS designs have a tendency of reinventing and endlessly fixing themselves until they can do what is needed.
I do Linux, OSS and embedded development for living.
However, the Kobo ereaders are a piece of hardware. If someone wants to write an open source replacement for the chunks of Kobo's code that are proprietary, you'd still need to purchase a Kobo ereader to run the code on.
Does Linksys really care that I run an alternate software on my router? I've still paid for the router and I no longer bother their support people.