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[News] Real Market Competition is Freedom versus Shackles, Not Between Vendors

  • Subject: [News] Real Market Competition is Freedom versus Shackles, Not Between Vendors
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2009 23:16:06 +0100
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Open Source vs. Proprietary â Freeâs Not Free

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| And just like PC vs. Mac, the open source vs. proprietary 
| decision involves considerations that go beyond pure preference. 
| Letâs discuss these considerations and look at how you can make a 
| better decision for your company.


Forget Candy, Buy Open Source Software for Charity

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| Cybersource has packaged a bundle of open source software on CD 
| that includes popular applications like Audacity, Celestia, 
| Blender 3D, and OpenOffice. It also includes fun apps like Tux 
| Paint and Battle for Wesnoth. Cybersource provides a pamphlet 
| [PDF] that explains the CD's contents and the concept of open 
| source to potential donors, along with artwork for the CD and 
| jewel case.



What if Apple stopped issuing DRM keys?

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| It happened to Microsoft and Yahoo. Could it happen to Apple?
| [...]
| Microsoft's now defunct MSN Music service made a similar announcement last
| spring. Some CNET News readers have asked whether the same thing could happen
| at iTunes. The answer to that question is yes, it most certainly could.


EFF: Microsoft betrayed MSN Music customers

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| The Electronic Frontier Foundation says that Microsoft has "betrayed" MSN
| Music customers and wants the company to make things right by issuing an
| apology, refunds, and eliminate digital rights management technology from the
| Zune music player.  


Ask Apple about the iPhone

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| Services like Amazon, eMusic, Napster, Rhapsody, Play.com and 7digital are
| all selling music without DRM. A typical response to this might be that Apple
| has no option to sell media without DRM, but this is simply untrue. Jobs is
| the largest individual shareholder at Disney, and he could insist that its
| films be DRM-free. Apple should be leading the way to promote DRM-free music,
| but instead is lagging behind. What is Apple doing to fix this? If it really
| is the RIAA's fault, can you tell me specifically what the RIAA said to Jobs
| when he asked for the ability to sell DRM-free music?


iTunes legal silences Hymn

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| Apple has fired a cease and desist order against the developers behind the
| open-source Hymn Project.
| Hymn develops software that strips Apple's FairPlay digital rights management
| (DRM) technology from user's iTunes purchases, allowing music fans to play
| their music on devices other than those from Apple.



A Linux User's Perspective on the ITunes Store (and DRM in General)

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| What if tomorrow you went to Best Buy or Walmart or Sam Goody and purchased a
| CD? What if, before you left the store, the salesman told you that although
| the CD was in all other respects a standard CD, that you could only play it
| if you owned a Pioneer or Sony stereo? Would that make any sense? Would it
| make you a bit hesitant about buying music from that store again?
| Well, if you purchase music or videos from the iTunes Store,
| [...]
| With content from the iTunes Store, however, users may find themselves a bit
| stuck if they ever want to make the switch to a more open computing platform,
| such as Linux. Because none of the DRM-restricted content from the iTunes
| Store will play on Linux. And it's all because that's how Apple wants it, to
| be honest, and not because of any technical limitation.

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