From: John Larkin
Subject: Re: TCPA (Trusted Computing Platform Alliance) and future PC use for engineering
Date: Thu, 07 Nov 2002 09:32:22 -0800
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On Thu, 07 Nov 2002 09:40:03 -0800, "Christopher R. Carlen"
>The little lost angel wrote:
>> We want something better not just bad! ;)
>> Plus, MS will probably sue the socks off whoever even produces
>> something that looks vaguely like it was reversed engineered.
>To give you a clue as to how much this is true, they already sued the
>maker of the "Lindows" Linux distribution, simply because the name
>sounded like Windows, even though the OS was Linux.
>Nobody wants to clone Windows, nor is this needed. What is needed is
>for the file formats and networking protocols in which data is
>communicated in the 21st century to be openly documented standards, so
>that OS and application software vendors can compete on the merits of
>implementation rather than through anticompetitive techniques.
>What you see right now is various inductries desperately trying to
>protect their business models by changing the legal landscape,
>effectively trying to make it illegal to have anything but their
>business model, and not surprizingly, their business to be dominant as
>well. That is what DMCA, UCITA, whatever name the other related
>legislation has changed into this time around, and TCPA/DRM/Palladium.
>Meanwhile the public sleeps, their minds numbed by the convenience and
>perpetual absorption of entertainment that modern life provides, as
>their freedom slips away. But they don't notice because they think
>convenience *is* freedom. One day you will wake up and to participate
>in modern society you will *need* to use a computer, the only choice
>will be a computer running Windows, you *will not* be able to pirate it,
>because it will all be DRM/TCPA crap, and on top of that you will not
>even possess any of the binaries (or source for that matter) of the
>programs you use, they will be subscribed from Microsoft servers. Your
>data will reside on Microsoft servers. Your data, that means everything
>you claim to be your intelllectual property, will belong to Microsoft,
>if you take the time to read, and if you can understand the licensing
>agreement, which you won't and can't.
>*You* will effectively belong to Microsoft, the RIAA, the MPAA.
>Everything about what you do in life regarding computing, data, and
>media of all forms will be what they have decided is acceptible so that
>they may continue to profit from it.
>Tell me what becomes of free speech and expression in a system like this?
>Have a nice life.
As long as there are non-networked computers (like laptops, or just
machines running while the teenager is on the phone) there will be
standalone operating systems and applications. And they will be
bootlegged. Besides, everybody *would* switch to Linux if Microsoft
ever got the sort of control you conjecture.
But if Microsoft is ever forced to properly document its APIs, there
will be Linux versions that will run Windows apps, and likely run them
better than Windows. And there's still some hope for Java or an
equivalent run-anywhere scheme.
So there is hope.