Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Feb 2009 23:28 UTC
Editorial Does Windows 7 contain more DRM than Windows Vista? Does Windows 7 limit you from running cracked applications, and will it open the firewall specifically for applications that want to check if they're cracked or not? Does it limit the audio recording capabilities? According to a skimp and badly written post on Slashdot, it does. The Slashdot crowd tore the front page item apart - and rightfully so.
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" The question that I always get back to is this ... why can't I get a version of Vista without the DRM? If my machine cannot play HD video content anyway, why do I need to have DRM embedded in my OS? Of what possible use is it in such a machine?
If my machine cannot make use of the bazillion drivers in the generic Linux kernel that comes with Ubuntu, why do I need to have them embedded? Of what possible use are them in such a machine? See how stupid that question sounds? "

Oh come on ... get real. Linux uses loadable modules ... if you don't have the hardware they don't get loaded, they stay on the hard disk. One can SEE the source code to verify that this is so. One can even remove the hardware interroagtion on boot if one wants to (because one has no intention of ever changing hardware, and therefore doesn't require plug-n-play) and one can blacklist whatever drivers one pleases ... and again one can see the code that does all this and can verify that it does what it is supposed to do.

Finally, I can just delete any driver I don't like.

Vista DRM OTOH ... try removing it or disabling it (even if your machine does not have a HD optical drive you can't do it).

Either way, I'm far from being a Microsoft advocate (extremely far, seeing how I run Linux in every machine I own), but the problem with DRM embedded in Vista HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH PERFORMANCE. AT ALL.

How do you know? Have you seen the code? What does Vista actually DO with all the CPU time it uses, if not DRM polling?

And I repeat for the slow of uptake ... why can't I have a version of Vista without it, if my system can't process HD content anyway?

The problem with DRM in Vista has to do with giving Hollywood's the unethical claims for intellectual property a free pass. The problem is that whenever a customer buys Vista, he or she is accepting Hollywood's terms without even knowing it. That's the REAL problem.

Well, that is unarguable. This is a problem too. Agreed.

The rest is just bullshit. Pure and simple.

Unsupported assertion. Your statements are as much speculation as mine, despite your apparent vehemence.

Edited 2009-02-19 05:22 UTC

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