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The Register: MS to Eradicate GPL, Hence Linux

Jun 26, 2002, 12:00 (53 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thomas C. Greene)

"Yesterday, as we all know, Microsoft fed an 'exclusive' story about its new 'Palladium' DRM/PKI Trust Machine to Newsweek hack Steven Levy (a guy who writes without irony of "high-level encryption"), presumably because they trusted him not to grasp the technology well enough to question it seriously. His un-critical announcement immediately sparked a flurry of articles considering what this means to the Windows user base.

"And that's as it should be. But my question is, what does it mean to the Linux user base...?

"...So let's say Intel and AMD begin shipping Palladium-compliant boards as MS begins shipping the software to OEMs and shops. And let's say that the Redmond spin campaign, persuading users that this is actually for their benefit, takes hold, and consumer demand for the scheme begins to grow and eventually becomes a de facto standard, like SSL today, for example...."

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CNET News: Microsoft to Reveal Palladium Source Code(Jun 25, 2002)