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Re: Linus in Defence of DRM?

__/ [chrisv] on Saturday 04 February 2006 11:45 \__

> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> This was on Slashdot yesterday, but here's a story from ZDNet.
>> http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9595_22-6034964.html
>>     (Torvalds says DRM isn't necessarily bad)
>> "Provisions against digital rights management in a draft update to the
>> General Public License could undermine computer security, Linus Torvalds
>> said this week in e-mails reflecting the Linux leader's pragmatic
>> philosophy."
> Linus is right, as usual...  We're lucky to have such a level-headed
> person as a leader.

Some used to argue that the closed-source design model would provide
security, too. Look where we stand today. Not only Microsoft Windows suffers
from attacks and severe exploits. It encourages poorer design and less
elegant code-writing practices.

That apart, fighting DRM is almost like sidling with piracy, at least at some
blackhat level. This could potentially reflect badly on Linux users and
developers, OSDL included.


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