Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 22:07 UTC
Linux With Linux on the desktop going from a slow crawl to verging on an explosion, many have toiled with the question: How do we make this happen faster? A well-known Austin-based Linux Advocate thinks he has the answer.
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While I think music should have no DRM lock the video-on-demand market depends on it. Lack of DRM is actually a disadvantage. It's a technology that creates new opportunities. The problem is that music-DRM left a bad impression in all of us, but DRM can and will be used positively and if Linux won't support DRM then it's just another reason to not use it.

Do you care to elaborate? Just what "new opportunities" does video-on-demand DRM bring that don't have an equivalent in the already-played-out music-rental-DRM scenario? What makes you think that people will want to own (and by that I mean *fully* own, able to play on all devices) movies any less than they own music? Just because movies take up a lot of disk space? Because they take a long time to download? I doubt either of those arguments will last very long.

Btw, does this perchance have anything to do with you drinking Steve Jobs' kool-aid that "people love to listen to their music over and over again, but they only want to watch movies once"? Because I know plenty of people who watch movies over and over again.

A year or two ago Steve also claimed that people wouldn't want to download movies online because the file size would be too big; he also said that rental models would never work because people want to own their media. Now he's telling us that we really want to *rent our movies in HD* on the iTunes store. It's amazing how he always knows exactly what we want! (Oh wait, could it be that he just tells us what we are supposed to want to market whatever scheme the iTunes store is endorsing this time around.... Nah....)

Edited 2008-01-24 18:35 UTC

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