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  • phoronix
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    Valve Announces Steam Goes Beyond Gaming

    Phoronix: Valve Announces Steam Goes Beyond Gaming

    Valve officially confirmed today that their Steam distribution software will go beyond just offering games and will provide applications from "creativity to productivity" software...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTE1NjM

  • Cyborg16
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    Yeah, I guess that was a stupid analogy. NVM.

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  • curaga
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    Originally posted by Cyborg16 View Post
    Do you avoid buying a coffee when you're out because you know you can have one for practically no cost when you get back home?
    Why yes I do. But that has more to do with being poor.

    How this is related to software?

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  • 89c51
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    Originally posted by Cyborg16 View Post
    Thanks for supporting the notion that linux isn't a platform commercial vendors can actually try to make any money on. It's just not true, though. We all know that we can download a lot of music over bittorrent, yet there is interest in Amazon MP3 for its DRM-free music. Some of the humble-bundles have been pretty successful, despite the noted trend for someone to put all the software up for download somewhere pretty-much immediately. Reasons for paying for things "unnecessarily" vary I suppose; sometimes its convenience, sometimes wanting commercial support, sometimes loyalty or conscience. Do you avoid buying a coffee when you're out because you know you can have one for practically no cost when you get back home?
    I didn't mention anything about platforms. Linux users usually go for the FOSS alternative (ie Gimp, Blender etc). And yes there are people buying things that are available "for free" but that doesn't mean its the majority or that companies don't see this as lost profits.

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  • GreatEmerald
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    Not to mention that DRM hinders only legitimate users and not pirates...

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  • Cyborg16
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    Originally posted by 89c51 View Post
    Yes but that doesn't mean that they cannot or shouldn't try to protect themselves (their profits). Its a fact that people will not pay for anything that they can get for free (legally or illegally).
    Thanks for supporting the notion that linux isn't a platform commercial vendors can actually try to make any money on. It's just not true, though. We all know that we can download a lot of music over bittorrent, yet there is interest in Amazon MP3 for its DRM-free music. Some of the humble-bundles have been pretty successful, despite the noted trend for someone to put all the software up for download somewhere pretty-much immediately. Reasons for paying for things "unnecessarily" vary I suppose; sometimes its convenience, sometimes wanting commercial support, sometimes loyalty or conscience. Do you avoid buying a coffee when you're out because you know you can have one for practically no cost when you get back home?

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  • 89c51
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    Originally posted by curaga View Post
    There is no such way. Even hardware dongles are circumvented. If you've ever been to Estonia or Russia, you know you can buy there say Photoshop unlocked on a cd for 5$, and this was already that way 20 years ago. It has not changed, if anything it's gotten stronger and faster.

    DRM is defective by design.
    Yes but that doesn't mean that they cannot or shouldn't try to protect themselves (their profits). Its a fact that people will not pay for anything that they can get for free (legally or illegally).

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  • madjr
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    I don't see this as competition to the ubuntu software center.

    In fact I see it as a big win for ubuntu (the first supported linux platform). It may even get featured in the ubuntu software center as it's a big deal and will even bring many new users. They may even partner and/or affiliate too (why just compete when you can complement/partner?).

    It will be interesting to see what kind of software they plan to ship and if some of those developers might become interested in multiplatform and port to linux.
    Last edited by madjr; 08-09-2012, 08:33 AM.

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  • AJenbo
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    Originally posted by curaga View Post
    There is no such way. Even hardware dongles are circumvented. If you've ever been to Estonia or Russia, you know you can buy there say Photoshop unlocked on a cd for 5$, and this was already that way 20 years ago. It has not changed, if anything it's gotten stronger and faster.

    DRM is defective by design.
    Nepal has massive stores stilling nothing but pirate-software for next to nothing. I actually tried to find a legal version of a couple of programs but the closest i got was a store that had a few MS products that had to be per-ordered (had plenty of pirate-software in stock), and one store that insisted that 3ds MAX comes on burned CD's in a single plastic sleeve and a cover printed on an ink jet that is out of yellow.

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  • curaga
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    Originally posted by 89c51 View Post
    Even though i understand the anti-DRM crowd is there a different way for someone to protect the work that he chose to sell for profit?
    There is no such way. Even hardware dongles are circumvented. If you've ever been to Estonia or Russia, you know you can buy there say Photoshop unlocked on a cd for 5$, and this was already that way 20 years ago. It has not changed, if anything it's gotten stronger and faster.

    DRM is defective by design.

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