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Old 03-12-2007, 04:17 PM   #1
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LXer: DRM: Microsoft's Ace in the Hole

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The time for adoption has never looked better, but unfortunately, we are still sitting on some very serious problems that will continue to make sure that Linux is seen as "unusable" as possible to those who are in the mainstream world.

Old 03-12-2007, 09:06 PM   #2
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Every coin has two sides

to an extent i agree with what you have said, DRM may very well be seen as a way to monopolize on what should be deemed general populous accessible material. This is to say that i believe that any information which may prove beneficial to mankind, either at present or in the future, as a result of an individuals efforts or through various persons input should be granted as free access to or on request any individual who can so prove that their interest is not to extort or misuse said information for their own benefit or for misguided reasons.

All to often i have seen the open source community tarnished by individuals who use it and the GPL to make themselves a name in what they deem the true origin of computers, aka the hacker community or likewise. Now, i am not so ignorant as to lay claim to such a notion that everyone who programs under the GPL terms and conditions believes themselves to be a hacker in the negative sense I'll come back to this

However i have seen a growing number of people jump to Linux in search of a cheap alternative, only to take advantage of this and use it to acclaim notoriety by way of what can only be classed as script kiddie programming i.e reverse engineering on many formats of encrypted media formats such as DVD or copyrighted software.

Linux IS NOT Windows and does not profess itself to be so, it is a working stable time proven and tested operating system that many have opted for against countless alternatives for whatever their reasons may be. People who have chosen Linux have either willingly or unknowingly accepted unto themselves the challenge of learning. Some have risen to this some have walked away and some have become revered amongst the law abiding members of civilization. These people as i mentioned above in italics are what help drive open source software to the forefront and what make others realize that there is an alternative.

In short as long as these people exist and as long as people opt for open source then there will be no boundaries, no walls and no alternative but open source, we are a community and as such we will grow not to conqueror or divide but only to be accepted.


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