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OSNews, Generic OSes I know that there's a number of readers who don't like it when OSnews covers political topics, I'm one of them. These political upheavals however spell danger for operating system hobbyists and so I dedicate this article to framing the political news within the context of what we are here to read about: operating systems.
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by waid0004 on Sat 11th Dec 2010 20:47 UTC
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This is a quick summary of the article:

The commercialization of the Internet is having a very large effect on what once was a virtual wild west. The big players are pulling the network itself towards tiered levels (voice, VPN, video, audio, text, email, IM) and towards only approved content accessed only by approved players. If they win, the Internet will balkanize into a walled-gardens, a shadow of its former self.

In this possible scenario, those speaking out against those in charge would not be tolerated. As soon as a site like wikileaks uploaded unapproved content, it would be permanently shut down. Everyone involved with, or who had viewed the site, would quietly be arrested, charged, denied bail and sent to prison or to re-education.

This affects us (operating system enthusiasts) because the only approved players will be available on locked down DRM-enabled devices or OSes. Reverse engineering or distribution of any unapproved software will be illegal around the world because it could circumvent their DRM.

The question is, what do we do to avoid this scenario?

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