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    Phoronix: Ubuntu To Investigate Digital Rights Management

    With Ubuntu preparing itself to land on tablets, smart-phones, and other consumer devices, Canonical is beginning to look at ways to support multimedia content protected by Digital Rights Management...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTMxOTc

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    DRM? Thats a "nice" anti-feature where Qt offers excellent support! They have done it for years in a closed up fashion! Yay..

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    • #3
      The Linux community will hate them for this, and for good reason, but if they were smart, they'd just leave it up to the new HTML5 DRM standard, which means others will get the blame for "having DRM on Linux" through HTML5. That, however, means they'll have to wait until a lot of content is HTML5-ready. Netflix should adopt the HTML5 DRM very soon, since they were actually one of the main supporters of it.

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      • #4
        Right now Diablo III and SimCity players wait 30 Minutes at least while requiring permanent internet connection.
        SHIT NO! DRM on Linux in core components = SELFDESTRUCTION

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        • #5
          Restrictions

          DRM is about restrictions, not rights

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          • #6
            Nasty week for the Ubuntu's reputation...

            By the way, is DRM achivable in a FOSS environment? For me it only means easy circuvment.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by karasu View Post
              Nasty week for the Ubuntu's reputation...

              By the way, is DRM achivable in a FOSS environment? For me it only means easy circuvment.
              Buying legal apps done in proprietary way is not done due to DRM.
              Ask VALVE. No one is trying to circuvment Steam, unless he has serious reason.
              People choose Steam simply because their software is updated, maintained, in-game sessions cheater-protected and all social side also attached.
              They do not start to distribute games illegal way because DRM protects anything, they stay with Steam only due to service features it offers which are worthy it.

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              • #8
                DRM was part of the reason I left Windows and migrated to Linux.

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                • #9
                  Right... I suppose it's time to start calling Ubuntu "Ubuntu/Linux", just like Android/Linux, to differentiate them from the rest of GNU/Linux.
                  On that note, since Sailfish is based on the Mer platform, which is based on GNU/Linux, I guess it should be called "Sailfish Mer/GNU/Linux"?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by funkSTAR View Post
                    DRM? Thats a "nice" anti-feature where Qt offers excellent support! They have done it for years in a closed up fashion! Yay..
                    QT is a GUI toolkit and has absolutely nothing to do with DRM, stop posting such nonsense.

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                    • #11
                      " No one is trying to circuvment Steam "


                      :/

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by bwat47 View Post
                        QT is a GUI toolkit and has absolutely nothing to do with DRM, stop posting such nonsense.
                        Im sorry for your ignorance. A few years ago Trolltech owned Qt and they sold Qt licenses to settop box companies. That was as closed source and DRM as it gets. Hell Trolltech even went through the pain of providing ways for binary compability to shit DRM. DRM was some of Qts main business.

                        I hope you learned something today. Now stop defending one of the WORST DRM offenders out there. And Nokia wasnt much better. http://arstechnica.com/information-t...bile-platform/

                        Of course then Nokia realized Qt was shit and they dumped it. After that we all know Qt went down the "lets port to shit platforms like iOS and fucking blackberry." So yeah Qt is shit.
                        Last edited by funkSTAR; 03-06-2013, 12:37 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by BO$$ View Post
                          Try to see it the way the content providers see these issues and you won't be so against it anymore.
                          I try to see it their way and still find it hard to accept DRM. Those interested in distributing content through piracy are familiar with DRM circumvention and thus to them DRM circumvention is trivial. It is only for legitimate users, wishing to transfer the content to a different platform, or to use it on an unsupported platform, that DRM is a challenge. Thus, DRM really only hurts legit paying customers, not pirates. So, regardless of whether one believes in IP protection or not in a general sense, DRM specifically is not a logical solution.

                          But, BO$$, I do agree when you say that Canonical / Ubuntu needs to satisfy content providers' requirements if they want to play with the big boys. An analogy is like when we have to decide between open source drivers and proprietary drivers for a product where the proprietary drivers provide superior performance. Proprietary might not be our preference, but sometimes, the performance is more valuable than the warm fuzzy.

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                          • #14
                            @BO$$

                            Their viewpoint is rather flawed. DRM hurts customers, and piracy equals free advertising.

                            I am a content producer myself, and have in the past uploaded my own products on TPB. Embrace it, instead of fighting it, you will only lose customers by adding DRM.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Pallidus View Post
                              " No one is trying to circuvment Steam "


                              :/
                              Please quote whole phrase: "No one is trying to circuvment Steam, unless he has serious reason."
                              Reason nr 1. Steam not available for his OS. Now invalid.
                              Reason nr 2. He dislike DRM. But he can still purchase Steam copy to pay developers and play by rules. What he looses is Steam anti-cheat protection, updates, chance for nosteam to have malware and no access messaging. Only few do that, as steam does not fsck up the internals of the OS and offline mode is also available.
                              Reason nr 3. No money. Thats ultimate culprit of proprietary and they better leave the guy alone, because if they allow him to play - he will be future customer, but not now. And now, he can't be customer, regardless how you turn it.

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