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Should the Gates Foundation Support Linux and Apple Computers in Public Libraries?

Sep 02, 2009, 20:03 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Shapiro)

"Let me tell you a little story about the imbalance of computer platforms in public libraries. The year was 2005. Fairfax County Public Libraries, in Fairfax, Virginia, started offering free audiobook downloads in Windows Media Audio (WMA) file format. These audiobooks could not be heard on any Linux computer, Macintosh computer, or iPod. Not only were the audiobooks in WMA format, they were under DRM (Digital Rights Management.) So if you happened to be blind and you owned an iPod, you could not listen to these audiobooks. Then again, blind people don't need to listen to audiobooks, right?"

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