A cost analysis of Vista content protection
Posted Dec 24, 2006 1:47 UTC (Sun) by tetromino
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> I don't see this affecting Linux users much at all.
Vista requires mid- to high-end sound and video devices (anything that needs to handle "protected content" without degradation) to be hardware-fingerprinted. Device manufacturers are contractually obligated to not disclose any information that might be used to work around the fingerprinting process. You can bet that the corporate legal folks will interpret that as "do not tell anything helpful to Linux driver writers".
In other words, when Vista becomes popular, open-source sound and video drivers will become an endangered species.
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