You seem confused.
Originally Posted by Luke
DRM has *nothing* to do with encryption.
You know, that fact this is considered acceptable says a lot for why people avoid linux. Things should not break. Period.
Originally Posted by Nuc!eoN
DRM refers to Digital Rights Management code and that definitely has to do with encryption
since it encrypts data to protect it.
"Short for digital rights management, a system for protecting the copyrights of data circulated via the Internet or other digital media by enabling secure distribution and/or disabling illegal distribution of the data. Typically, a DRM system protects intellectual property by either encrypting the data so that it can only be accessed by authorized users or marking the content with a digital watermark or similar method so that the content can not be freely distributed."
Digital restrictions management requires some form of encryption
I am of course speaking of digital restrictions management, not direct rendering! AMD and Nvidia both cooperate with Hollywood to support Blu-ray an DRMed streaming services If you look at descriptions of HDCP, it is based on moving encrypted content. The problem for Hollywood is that their advesary (the untrusted customer) must have the key to play the file, yet NOT have the use of that same key to copy the deciphered plain data to a file. This means the encryption is broken as soon as it is run on a system that permits the user to control their own computer, it's kernel, and access to the data busses. No "protected" path!
Originally Posted by droidhacker
This is why it surprises me that Hollywood is not whining about Nvidia porting their Windows driver to Linux-or for that matter Windows XP, which predates the Microsoft-Hollywood alliance
Seriously people, how do you expect your hardware to work without reporting the bugs? you don't want to cooperate with the devs and everyone else?
At least do some tiny effort...
#radeon in irc.freenode.net
Try the firmware update before the blob: it';s a much smaller download, and the open driver is now beating the blob in some workloads to boot.
Originally Posted by dungeon
A newly-released card usually does NOT work in pre-existing Linux installs right away, it taking anywhere from a couple months (new minor change generation) to a year or more (major architectural change) to get them online. That's why I normally advise people buying video cards to use with open drivers to get last year's AMD card unless the newer card they are considering has been getting good results for others. Never buy new hardware blind for Linux, used computers/parts haven't had much of that sort of trouble because by the time it's in the dumpster all the drivers have been out a long time.