Re: [SLUG] Novell's CTO Blog - new entry

From: John Pugh (
Date: Mon Apr 24 2006 - 10:14:39 EDT

>>> On Mon, Apr 24, 2006 at 10:00 AM, in message
<>, "Robert
<> wrote:
> On 4/24/06, Tina Gasperson <> wrote:
>> So, is DRM the end of the road for Linux on the desktop? I mean, if
>> we're not willing to accept DRM, what is the alternative for people
>> who want to be able to download/stream mainstream movies, music,
>> other content? Is there an alternative to DRM that will enable
> See my point was that DRM was not the only solution for copy righted
> content. But as a component of the desktop. See what I dont
understand is
> people will watch drm DVDs but music everyone throws a fit. Yes the
> drm solutions are more intensive than CSS on DVDs. I am also not
> that if linux can all of a sudden can legally play and buy DRMed
music that
> there would this rush of people switching to linux. But I dont think
> it should be excluded, just because some communistic ellitist have
> with artist and there recordlabels ( more for the label then the
> that would like there work just shared among everyone with a single
> going back to them. They did there job and while they dont need the
> as they have more than enough it still does not make it right to
steal. DRM
> keeps you from stealing. so in pratical sense is simply keeping
people from
> doing illegal activities.
HOWEVER, it is keeping people from doing legitimate activities as well.
THAT is the problem. The current ways that DRM is implemented is causing
heartburn. I personally have had little problem with it, but I haven't
bought a music CD in ages...and no, I am not 'stealing' mp3s - my wife
buys the CD's. I listen to podcasts and NPR more than I do music.

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