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
Member since:
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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proforma Member since:
2005-08-27

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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.
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You can do that now on Windows and you will be able to continue to do this on Windows. This announcement has nothing to do with that at all.

This has to do with companies just installing anything that affects the kernel of windows and makes it unstable. See using Vista, most of everything has been pulled out of kernel mode as much as possible such as Audio and Video. Now only the things that need to be in the kernel are there to cause less crashes.

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.

It's not about freedom its about stability and security, it might not be a 100 percent solution, but it's a start. It's not about killing off what you want to do, it's about making it better for you.

Okay,that's all you can head back underground in Montana now.

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Cyberbear Member since:
2005-06-29

"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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bornagainenguin Member since:
2005-08-07

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. --Cyberbear

I don't personally think there's anything wromg with this, but then again I can take a hint; Microsoft doesn't want us as a customer, it would rather court the media cartels. That's fine, but I'd like to see what happens when the users Microsoft promised the cartels begin slowly migrating over to a different OS. Remember, its really US the geeks and 'power users' that steer the use of computers and technology in the home. Without our willingness to provide free tech support this house of cards would have collapsed a long time ago. So when me and thee move to the next thing, we'll be sure to bring with us our string of 'where's the internet?' (MSIE link) users.

--bornagainpenguin

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