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Linux Journal: What Happened to the Guts?

Jan 26, 2007, 02:30 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"What happened to the guts in mainstream publications? I recall back in the 80s InfoWorld pressured Lotus into ditching its copy protection scheme by docking Lotus 1-2-3 several points in reviews because of the inconvenience. I believe Lotus was the first to buckle, but other vendors jumped on the bandwagon and abandoned copy protection. Fast forward to today. Not only has copy protection come back from the grave, it has risen like a juggernaut zombie bent on eating everyone's brains. Worse, many consumers and writers alike seem to be unscrewing their scalps and willingly offering up the meal. 'I want the latest iThing, it's so cool!' Sure, you'll find appropriate outrage in Linux Journal and a handful of renegade publications like the Register. But what happened to the mainstream journals with the guts of yesteryear?

"Of one thing I am fairly certain. Microsoft all but eliminated mainstream software competition..."

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