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December 28, 2006

As a user, there is simply no escape.

Filed under: Uncategorized — ubuntudemon @ 12:44 pm
Microsoft has way too much power.
Quoted from A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection :
Windows Vista includes an extensive reworking of core OS elements in order to
provide content protection for so-called "premium content", typically HD data
from Blu-Ray and HD-DVD sources.  Providing this protection incurs
considerable costs in terms of system performance, system stability, technical
support overhead, and hardware and software cost.  These issues affect not
only users of Vista but the entire PC industry, since the effects of the
protection measures extend to cover all hardware and software that will ever
come into contact with Vista, even if it's not used directly with Vista (for
example hardware in a Macintosh computer or on a Linux server).  This document
analyses the cost involved in Vista's content protection, and the collateral
damage that this incurs throughout the computer industry. 
The Vista Content Protection specification could very well constitute the
longest suicide note in history. 
As a user, there is simply no escape.  Whether you use Windows Vista, Windows
XP, Windows 95, Linux, FreeBSD, OS X, Solaris (on x86), or almost any other
OS, Windows content protection will make your hardware more expensive, less
reliable, more difficult to program for, more difficult to support, more
vulnerable to hostile code, and with more compatibility problems.  Because
Windows dominates the market and device vendors are unlikely to design and
manufacture two different versions of their products, non-Windows users will
be paying for Windows Vista content-protection measures in products even if
they never run Windows on them.
Here is someone else blogging about this article.
update :
Someone else blogging about it.



  1. This does provide one avenue, in the short term, for FOSS users to capitalize on.

    Assume some of the current, and just being released items, aren’t getting the Windows Vista “Seal Of Approval” for complete compatibility with Vista. Of course, said companies will be developing new items that are fully compatible, but those current items that just don’t work in Vista might see a rather drastic price cut just to get them out of stock, out the door, so the company doesn’t have to ‘deal’ with them anymore.

    That means some rather high-end hardware will be making it’s way into the market at rather low prices. While it won’t be useable with Vista, those with Linux (or, heck, even WinXP users who don’t intend to upgrade their current machine), will be able to pick up shiny new kit at much lower prices.

    I do believe, in the long term, this isn’t a good thing for any computer user, but in the short term, people could upgrade to a very decent piece of equipment, run Linux on it, and not have to worry about it much for the next few years.

    All speculation, but I’m a hopeful sort 😉

    Comment by SilentDis — December 28, 2006 @ 2:19 pm

  2. I agree with SilentDis, i hope it will happen but i doubt it will, if it does then, come on new hardware, haha 😀

    I really am starting to hate windows with a passion, setting up my partitions and gonna say hello to ubuntu on my laptop as well as my desktop.

    Comment by liamdawe — December 29, 2006 @ 12:31 pm

  3. I’m mostly worried about the amount of power Microsoft has. Now Microsoft dictates all kind of “safety’ measures to hardware manufacturers. These measures cost a lot of money and they are mostly for evil DRM.

    to SilentDis : I agree. non-Vista-ready hardware can drop in price but that is probably only a temporary thing until they have sold that stuff.

    Comment by ubuntudemon — December 30, 2006 @ 12:01 am

  4. Hey, ik wilde even zeggen dat je echt hulpzame tips hebt gepost op het Ubuntu forum! Thanks a lot!

    Comment by Rick — January 8, 2007 @ 4:13 am

  5. You are welcome Rick 🙂

    Comment by UbuntuDemon — January 8, 2007 @ 6:48 am

  6. Following reading your article I blogged about it, coming mainly from a disability/poverty/charity angle. A bit different, but hey, Bob Sutor’s linked to me!

    Comment by visctrix — January 12, 2007 @ 10:33 am

  7. to visctrix :

    Thanks for your comment!

    I didn’t write the article though. I only wanted people to know about it.

    If you strip the last part of the url I link to you get :
    Peter Gutmann deserves the credit.



    Comment by UbuntuDemon — January 14, 2007 @ 9:50 am

  8. to visctrix :
    I like your blogpost :). It’s nicely written.

    Comment by UbuntuDemon — January 14, 2007 @ 10:02 am

  9. Hello


    Comment by Test — March 30, 2007 @ 11:59 am

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