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AllLinuxDevices: Editor's Note: Leave Your Politics at the Door with the Indrema

Nov 09, 2000, 15:31 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

"The Indrema certification process will center around assuring that programs slated for release on the system use appropriate memory management, run at a suitably fast framerate, and avoid unwarranted access of the console's underlying OS. It's childish to demand Indrema provide the certification process for free. Indrema deserves payment for taking the time to ensure their platform isn't inundated with the same sort of low-quality schlock that dominated the console market during its waning days in the '80s. A reputation for bad content among players who aren't sophisticated enough to realize the neighbor kid is running a bad port of xbill he got off the 'net, for instance, could harm the platform even worse than the competition from the more traditional console market sure to be provided by Sony, Sega, Nintendo, and the upcoming Microsoft Xbox."

"...The consumer model Indrema console won't run software that isn't digitally signed by Indrema. They're taking the role of gatekeeper here, and Gildred announced that the Digital Rights Management System that protects proprietary game code (and, it seems, the integrity of the console against unauthorized software), the DVD playback software, and the binaries themselves will be protected from all comers who try to work around it."

"When I asked the spokesperson about the reasons for these security measures, the answer was simple, and oriented around one of the basic axioms of the console gaming industry, where the console itself is the proverbial razor, given away at a loss, to the game software's razor blades, where the real money is made:"

"The company is concerned that without checks, games written for the Indrema will face widespread duplication and distribution, which will sap profits from the "razor blades" end of the equation. They also aren't interested in providing Indrema hackers with a new variant on DeCSS, with all the attendant legal complications that would entail."

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