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Re: [opensuse] 'Goes along with those mad at Novell/SUSE and leave.
  • From: Kenneth Schneider <suse-list3@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 25 Dec 2006 07:39:12 -0500
  • Message-id: <1167050352.12156.10.camel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Sun, 2006-12-24 at 23:22 -0800, Robert Smits wrote:
> On Sunday 24 December 2006 19:39, Randall R Schulz wrote:
> >
>
> Joe is absolutely correct to be worried about the future viability of Linux
> software. Of course, it's not game over today, but if you've looked at the
> implications of a future where every device, every piece of hardware has to
> meet DRM specifications or the media will not play he's correct to be
> worried.
>
> I suggest you start with this article that talks about the implications
> http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/pubs/vista_cost.txt
> that Microsoft Vista has for equipment suppliers.
>
> We (Linux users) are at what 4-5 % of computer users?

Actually closer to 10%

> Much of our current use
> of hardware is based on adapting hardware made for Windows equipment to
> Linux.

The hardware is not made for Windows, drivers are written to sork with
the OS. The only hurdle is getting drivers for the hardware written for
linux.

> What if we come to the point that we can't buy graphics cards without
> Windows DRM that relegates linux users to low resolution graphics?

What if the world blows up tomorrow?

>
> I'm not suggesting that the sky is falling today,

But that is precisely what you are doing.

Linux is used far and wide by the federal government for it to go away.

--
Ken Schneider
UNIX since 1989, linux since 1994, SuSE since 1998

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