Thursday, February 01, 2007

Vista DRM - Educate Yourself

Sticking to the Vista-ish nature of a few previous posts, here's a link to New Zealand Computer Science researcher Peter Gutmann's paper "A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection". It spells out in great detail the potentially crippling nature of Vista's DRM system.

While this is potentially good news for the Linux community (the more Vista sucks, the better for us - at least on the face of it), the section on the potential elimination of open-source hardware support is very worrying.

In any case, if you're at all into finding out what DRM limitations are present in the newest version of Windows, you should give it a read.