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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"You are not losing any "rights" or you are not losing the ability to do what you want. Kernel mode should not be used for 99 percent of software, it's basically the heart of the OS and if you put kitchen knives in there it can get dangerous and this is a protection for that."

I understand the stability and 'security'issues.

But you will be losing some of your ability to use the computer in the way you see fit if the drivers that control the protected media streams can only be run if the drivers are "signed". That means that the companies who want to control the content on your PC will be the ones who control the drivers, too.

If your computer has "protected audio", sound will not get out of the output port of your sound card to the speakers, audio system, or input to another device unless you use that "signed" driver.

DVDs will not be viewable unless your PCs "protected video" system has drivers to allow it.

I don't know about you, but I don't want Sony writing the drivers to allow my PC to play CDs.

Maybe I'm being a bit paranoid, but I am slowly losing my trust in even the so-called reputable companies.

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