Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Sep 2009 22:31 UTC
Multimedia, AV While we at OSNews often talk about desktops, laptops, and netbooks, there is another "form factor" which is making inroads into various households: the home theatre PC, or HTPC. There are a lot of software packages out there that will aid in turning a computer into an HTPC, and since I've been testing three of them extensively over the past months, I figured we'd talk about what you use.
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RE[3]: MythTV - choice
by jabbotts on Sat 12th Sep 2009 14:39 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: MythTV"
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For you, FOSS is about limiting end user choice and that's fine for your needs. Wouldn't adding end user choice be more in holding with the benefits of FOSS? As of kernel 2.6.33 the ATI DRM will be available to include.

Digital restrictions sucks but it doesn't justify synthetic restrictions like choosing to stick one's head in the sand and pretend it's not an issue for other users.

As a FOSS proponent, I'd prefer more end user choice if that's ok with you.

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RE[4]: MythTV - choice
by NicePics13 on Sat 12th Sep 2009 15:12 in reply to "RE[3]: MythTV - choice"
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We're talking about the evils of Digital Restrictions Management not Direct Rendering Manager - same acronym.

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RE[5]: MythTV - thankyou
by jabbotts on Sat 12th Sep 2009 22:30 in reply to "RE[4]: MythTV - choice"
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I did have the two mixed up. I read the ATI article quickly a few days back and thought it was some DRM support required for the newer ATI boards to manage HD content.

Sadly, digital restriction management is becoming a necessary evil for content. HD tends to require the crap end to end. DVD content use, though legally licensed, requires DRM addon codecs where the FOSS developed solutions are not legal. The risk is that the platform will be left behind as more DRM becomes included and expecting average consumers to understand let alone denounce such restrictions has not helped so far.

The worse threat is hardware companies that impose synthetic limitations by providing support to Windows based solutions only as seems to be the case with the TV card. A limitation imposed by developers can be addressed by other developers but a limitation imposed by a hardware vendor becomes a real problem.

While I don't agree with DRM for content management, the problem is that it becomes another "but Linux can't do this" flag that drives new users away, puffs up fanboys for other platforms and keeps me having to boot between my primary platform and Windows depending on what I choose to do with my hardware. I'd much rather see DRM supported but users denouncing it enough to have other content providers follow Apple's stance (regarding music at least); that's an ideal world though.

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