"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