[Ilugc] TCPA, DRM & Palladium
- From: giskard@xxxxxxxxxxxxx (Prasenjeet Dutta)
- Date: Sat, 6 Jul 2002 20:54:03 +0530
On July 06, 2002 6:32 PM "Srinivasan Ramakrishnan" wrote:
If you can't win the game, change the rules of the game.
You must have been in dodo land if you are by now not up in arms against
Microsoft's Palladium initiative. Or maybe you are just the lame computer
user that Microsoft encounters the majority of the time. But I hope you
a wise ally who will fight for the right to own your own life.
I wrote about this last month:
PD> I don't buy into this doomsday scenario for a couple of reasons:
PD> One: The PC market is large, and has enormous inertia. It's not as
PD> easy to get people to upgrade as it was, say, in 1996. *And
PD> Palladium pushes a hardware upgrade*.
PD> Two: especially after the Hailstorm fiasco, MS' ability to push
PD> through even a de- facto standard is at an all-time low.
More (this is a digest+ from my weblog :-)):
* Palladium is based on TCPA, and the TCPA spec provides for TCPA to
be switched off. Expect that to happen wholesale on home computers.
* Palladium will have to ship 100 million before it even _begins_ to
start to make a difference.
cf: Google cache: <http://makeashorterlink.com/?Y52312431
* A pure Windows dependency on Palladium would invite antitrust
allegations all over again.
* Nothing stops Caldera or Redhat from producing a TCPA-compliant
Linux desktop and distributing it _with source_.
TCPA != security through obscurity. Of course, if the PC is your
work PC, then the source would go to the rabid dogs ^[2bd$ fine
gentlemen in your MIS department, and you may not have r00t privs
on your box :)
* If TCPA is a necessity to ``get office work done at home'', AND
this cuts into -ah- leisure activities, then expect massive uptake
of TCPA-compliant Linux/etc (with TCPA switched _off_, you have that
right, if you're root) and dual-boot systems as people use that for
their misc p2p/ripping tasks ;-)
* Palladium is likely to be, at best, nothing more than a carrot to
msft's corporate/government customers who are sick and tired of
`untrustworthy' desktops -- it would appeal to the control freaks in
charge of IS departments (almost?) everywhere. At worst, it is
likely to be vaporware.
* The most interesting thing about Palladium, in fact, is that msft
holds a (very broad) patent on secured-from-boot-up, palladium-style
PCs. If MS insists on steep royalties on each Palladium PC sold,
expect Joe MIS-er's enthusiasm for trustworthiness to fall
Bottom-line, keep your eyes open, but for heaven's sake don't foam at
the mouth at every picturesque project name that comes out of Redmond.
Some random links:
He who fights with monsters might take | Prasenjeet Dutta
care lest he thereby become a monster. | http://www.chaoszone.org/
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