SearchEnterpriseLinux: How Could DRM on Linux Impact Admins?
May 07, 2003, 22:00 (4 Talkback[s])
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"There's a storm brewing over digital rights management (DRM)
technology in the open source community, and Linux founder Linus
Torvalds' recent acceptance of DRM usage seeded the clouds. In the
aftermath of the storm, open source software could bear a greater
resemblance to proprietary software. That could be both good and
bad thing for system administrators, according to
SearchEnterpriseLinux.com's resident experts Sam Greenblatt, Ken
Milberg and John H. Terpstra...
"What is your reaction to Torvads' opinion about
"Terpstra: I believe Linus is spot on, for him
to limit any use of Linux would go counter to the very principals
that drive it.
"Greenblatt: We (CA) reserve the right to
protect our intellectual property through digital rights management
technology and feel in no way does it impact the open-source
community. The community can chose whether or not they want to use
material covered by DRM technology. CA will continue in the debate
to ensure that all parties are represented.
"Milberg: In that posting, Linus Torvalds also
stated 'I also don't necessarily like DRM myself,..but...I'm an
'Oppenheimer,' and I refuse to play politics with Linux, and I
think you can use Linux for whatever you want to--which very much
includes things I don't necessarily personally approve of...'"