Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 26th Apr 2007 01:19 UTC, submitted by muszek
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Ubuntu Open Week is a series of IRC meetings of people behind the distribution and the community. Mark Shuttleworth answered various questions on Tuesday and Wednesday. The interview covers many issues, including: GPL v3, proprietary software, Microsoft's $3 project, Launchpad, non-free stuff in Ubuntu, April 19th siege of ubuntu.com, Canonical vs. Ubuntu Foundation, becoming F/OSS contributor. Full logs are available on Ubuntu wiki. Ubuntu News has a digest with the most interesting pieces. Also, another interview with Mark is here and four interesting Ubuntu articles are here, here, here and here.
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The DRM posting is very interesting.
by TBPrince on Thu 26th Apr 2007 10:25 UTC
TBPrince
Member since:
2005-07-06

It might be off-topic maybe, but be sure to read Shuttleworth's analysis on DRM status. He's been very clever AND very objective in that and it's much different than usual Linux community rants about that.

For the first time I read someone connected to open-source be objective about DRM in stating that DRM is not a problem and question is not wether to support DRMs or not but they business model around it.

It is very interesting that he never mentions any OS and its support because he clearly agrees that OS support IS NOT the real problem. Good reading.

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Oliver Member since:
2006-07-15

>AND very objective

Business man Vs community. You should think about the latter and the damage DRM does to culture!

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TBPrince Member since:
2005-07-06

I suggest that you read that article.

DRM damaging culture? Blame authors, not distributors. No-one is forcing your favourite author to distribute using DRM. He could just distribute in other ways. Of course, if he/she wants good money, he will bow to distributors but yet he/she's the one to blame. That's the part so-called community refuses to accept.

Shuttleworth's analysis is very clever since he warns distributors that they're the weak ring in this chain. Authors will survive, customers will survive as well, but if someone finds a better business model, distributors will be kicked out of their business. Seems ODD to say that but to a better analysis, that's what's happening.

P.S. If your favourite author was really interested in "culture", he would give you his work to you. Beware of blaming the wrong ring in the chain, though majors ARE bad, greedy and so on.

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markjensen Member since:
2005-07-26

For the first time I read someone connected to open-source be objective about DRM in stating that DRM is not a problem and question is not wether to support DRMs or not but they business model around it.

Perhaps you hadn't seen that even Linus Torvalds has stated thus in very clear terms: "I want to make it clear that DRM is perfectly ok with Linux!".[1]

[1] http://www.linuxtoday.com/developer/2003042401126OSKNLL
Dated 23 April 2003 (yup, 4 years ago)

EDITED for source information...

Edited 2007-04-26 16:10

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TBPrince Member since:
2005-07-06

Thanks. That discussione is partly different than the one Shuttleworth was having but anyway I have to concede he's not "the first one" ;-)

Anyway, Torvalds was discussing it under a tech point of view while Shuttleworth was instead discussing commercial implications.

But thanks anyway.

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