DRM key to Linux's consumer success?

Posted by salparadise on Apr 7, 2006 2:37 PM EDT
CNET News.com; By Ingrid Marson
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Yes, RealNetworks exec argues at LinuxWorld, pointing out that commercial makers of the OS are open to tech like FairPlay and PlaysForSure. But the Free Software Foundation Europe countered this claim on Thursday, saying consumers have made it clear that they do not want digital rights management, or DRM, restricting their use of digital media.

Jeff Ayars, a vice president at RealNetworks, said in a talk at LinuxWorld here Tuesday that if Linux does not offer support for DRM, people will not be able to run restricted digital content on the operating system, which will damage its success in the consumer market.

"The consequences of Linux not supporting DRM would be that fixed-purpose consumer electronics and Windows PCs would be the sole entertainment platforms available," Ayars said. "Linux would be further relegated to use in servers and business computers, since it would not be providing the multimedia technologies demanded by consumers."

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