Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 21st Jan 2006 22:42 UTC, submitted by PlatformAgnostic
Windows "With little fanfare, Microsoft just announced that the x64 version of Windows Vista will require all kernel-mode code to be digitally signed. This is very different than the current WHQL program, where the user ultimately decides how they want to handle unsigned drivers. Vista driver developers must obtain a Publisher Identity Certificate (PIC) from Microsoft. Microsoft says they won't charge for it, but they require that you have a Class 3 Commercial Software Publisher Certificate from Verisign. This costs $500 [EUR 412] per year, and as the name implies, is only available to commercial entities."
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Cyberbear
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2005-06-29

"Drivers must be signed for devices that stream protected content. This includes audio drivers that use Protected User Mode Audio (PUMA) and Protected Audio Path (PAP), and video device drivers that handle protected video path-output protection management (PVP-OPM) commands. "


It looks to me that MS will be supporting all of the companies that will be producing copy protected music CDs, and video DVDs, as well as other streaming media. This will set us all up to pay more for our entertainment purchases. And we will not be able to make backup copies, rip music to mp3 to play in portable players, and other fair use activities.

The system will be more locked down, even from the system's owner! No thanks, MS!

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