Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 21:15 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Linus Torvalds, father of the Linux kernel, has fleshed out his unhappiness with GPLv3 in three recent posts on the Linux Kernel Mailing List. Torvalds previously stated that the kernel will remain under the licensing terms of GPLv2. Yesterday, Torvalds offered his opinion as to where the battle over DRM should take place.
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DRM would still be bad for Linux
by DigitalAxis on Fri 3rd Feb 2006 03:58 UTC
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No matter which way this comes out, DRM is going to be a problem for Linux- think about the DVD and MP3 playback we can't (usually) do today, and not for reasons of technical inadequacy.

There are three ways to deal with this, of course-
1.) get DRM into Linux and pay money so Linux can play the HD-DVDs you bought,
2.) go illegal,
3.) follow RMS and fight the good fight (Magnatune et al.), with an operating system that has its hands tied.

I don't particularly like any of those options, and I don't think they're Linux's fault.

(by the way, how are Apple and Microsoft trying to implement hardware-based Protected Video and Audio? Is it something that would just be illegal to use in conjunction with content playback and no license (like DVD drives), or would the hardware cripple itself without proprietary DRM functions in the software? I'm guessing the former; the latter seems ridiculous)

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betson Member since:

In a nutshell, how Microsoft handles it is they simply downgrade the output resolution if your hardware doesn't support the protected path crap. I'm sure Apple will do the same, since its the easiest way to make sure that you can /always/ view content without a problem, even if your hardware is legacy.

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ma_d Member since:

There's a 4th. Watch your movies on something made to watch movies on ;) .

I know people love to do everything on their PC's. But there's still that large group of people who just want to do actual work instead of simply consuming content...

And MP3 playback is fully legal on Linux. So is DVD, if it's not encrypted.

Also I believe I read something about Real paying the license cost for their player?

The thing is. Linux is enough of a niche that no one cares if they write an illegal decss code. And once it's not it'll likely be enough that someone will want to sell a dvd player for it. Or, at least, sell licenses for a decss library (I'd prefer this over the player).

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