Ubuntu changes get worse: Now Digital Rights Management is under discussion

Len Ovens len at ovenwerks.net
Sat Mar 9 00:22:30 UTC 2013

On Fri, March 8, 2013 11:13 am, Hartmut Noack wrote:
> Am 08.03.2013 12:31, schrieb Kaj Ailomaa:
>> On Wed, 06 Mar 2013 20:16:17 +0100, <lukefromdc at hushmail.com> wrote:
>>> I've looked into rebasing my entire install directly on Debian because
>>> of
>>> first the Amazon mess, now the Mir mess, and finally word on Phoronix
>>> that Ubuntu is looking into supporting digital rights management,
>>> hoping
>>> to run on smartphones.  They are abandoning the free and open desktop-
>>> and will HAVE to do so if they want to be a third commerical smartphone
>>> OS.
>> There's no indication what so ever, of what I can see, that Canonical is
>> abandoning free software.
>> Please read what Marc Shuttleworth wrote in response to a lot of what
>> has
>> been going on lately. http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/1228
> I fail to find anything of the above mentioned in this Blog-entry. This
> one only talks about the(quite odd) rolling-release idea. Not a single
> word on why a Shopping Lense is installed/active by default and nothing
> regarding DRM.
> Did he post something on these issues(after the September 23 post about
> amazon)?

Ubuntu's page about MIR definitely shows a block called DRM. It is not
talked about much and I don't think it is an "open version". Certainly a
full consumer oriented phone/desktop/notepad/whatever would have to have
something that deals with DRM or it would not be complete.

While I don't think the major distros are trying to move away from open
SW, I do think they are moving away from distros that are interesting to
developers/content creators/hobbyists towards distros that are interesting
to consumers. They are simpler with fewer options and include what is
wanted by the average consumer. This makes a lot of sense, if I like it or
not. If Linux is going to expand, it has to meet the needs of the people
who do not use Linux at this time. The biggest group of people are those
who just want to be entertained, be it movies or games or whatever. These
people are looking for an appliance with the OS that comes with it in such
a way it need never be mentioned (or updated). They will buy a new one
after a few years anyway rather than update the OS.

The main thing that will keep the hobbyist happy is that Linux will
continue to support the server industry. The nice thing about MIR is that
it seems to at least have a completely new name. So it should be possible
to have vanilla X instead.

Len Ovens

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