Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Jul 2007 23:36 UTC, submitted by Mickey
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu This is the first install of what will be a periodic, ongoing series on how migrate from Microsoft's Windows to other Operating systems. This first article provides insight in the much discussed Ubuntu Linux. "Were it not for Ubuntu being so easy to use in practically every way, I would not have written this article. But, as I've moved forward with it I've discovered a whole new world outside of a strict Windows environment. I think there are probably hundreds of thousands of users out there who are where I was: right on the verge of taking the plunge, wanting something more but not sure how to get it."
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Anti-DRM people
by b3timmons on Sat 21st Jul 2007 17:48 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Another article?"
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That's how most sane people that disagree with DRM feel, but their paranoia of it makes them over-political nuts, and that makes the 'anti-DRM' cause look bad when it's actually pretty legit.

You are saying, in part, that most sane people who disagree with DRM have a paranoia of it that makes them over-political nuts.

Upon what are you basing these (several) claims? IMO, most people disagreeing with DRM are merely annoyed, some do something about it, and a few are obsessed. I don't see why it's different from most other causes. Moreover, concern for the long-term can come off as paranoia in the short-term. People (and many institutions, think Wall St.) do not instinctively think long-term. Finally, maybe their crystal ball is not clear enough to reassure them that something like DMCA+DRM will fail in the long term: "hope for the best, expect the worst".

Although I agree with your point that the anti-DRM cause is justified, just who do you think comprises that resistance? (The U.S. was founded by those who were effectively deemed "over-political nuts.") Do you feel that public protests against DRM are a bad tactic? Which tactics would be better?

For anyone wanting an update on the anti-DRM cause, see

Edited 2007-07-21 18:07

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