[huskerlug] A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection

  • From: GreyGeek <jkreps@xxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Mon, 25 Dec 2006 10:59:00 -0600


Executive Executive Summary

The Vista Content Protection specification could very well constitute the 
longest suicide note in history.

Executive Summary

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.

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