From: "Christopher R. Carlen"
Subject: Re: TCPA (Trusted Computing Platform Alliance) and future PC use
Date: Thu, 07 Nov 2002 15:06:32 -0800
Organization: Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM USA
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John Larkin wrote:
> 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.
It's a continuum of course. For me, the threshold was crossed about 7
years ago, so it puzzles me to know end how most people just don't care.
I am reaching the point where I perceive the use of Windows and
anything MS to be a direct threat to my long-term freedom. I could
possibly include various media enterprises in their as well, but I just
don't pay as much attention to them as I do to MS.
> 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.
"Forced" is the key word. I'm glad you realize that's the only way it
would come about. Of course, with the present government, it's more
likely the opposite will happen. The settlement is already effectively
> So there is hope.
What hope, besides Linux? With the leaking of a new memo from MS
indicating their internal recognition of their FUD campaign against
Linux as having failed, many in the Linux community are anticipating the
next wave of attacks to come in two forms: 1. legislative efforts
funded by MS and friends toward DRM, and other things of that
inclination which you *won't* be hearing about on the 6-o'clock news,
and, 2. a large flux of patent and other law suits coming from MS aimed
at OSS and GPL software developers and companies.
This battle is likely to get ugly.
Christopher R. Carlen
Principal Laser/Optical Technologist
Sandia National Laboratories CA USA