[Beowulf] Sidebar: Vista Rant
mwill at penguincomputing.com
Tue Jul 17 18:25:05 PDT 2007
I care about multimedia systems, and I want them to work with whatever
I throw at it and not tell me what I am allowed to run.
Automated freedom-restriction devices are a real nuisance because they
bound to decide wrong most likely anyways, enforcing that I should have
for the same song or movie twice, just because the two systems I want to
on are not compatible in terms of their DRM, or my current dvd player
in a different country than the DVD I own and want to play on it.
No idea how region codes enforcement is legal.
Avoiding itunes and vista may be first step - but the software patents
and DMCA are making
us stumble even then - try to find an officially supported Linux version
that comes with
all the mplayer/mp3 pieces. Not because the software does not exist, but
because of the
obscure legal situation only.
Anybody have a transcode cluster package? ;-)
From: beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org [mailto:beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org]
On Behalf Of Geoff Galitz
Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2007 1:07 PM
To: Robert G. Brown
Cc: beowulf at beowulf.org
Subject: Re: [Beowulf] Sidebar: Vista Rant
> This is where Vista is a major screw up. Nobody cares about DRM
> compliance but the DRM police. Nobody cares about multimedia systems,
> and since functioning multimedia now fits in $500 telephones people
> are understandably cynical about needing multicore multi GB systems to
> make it work. What people DO care about, very much, is having a
> system that happens NOW, click to keyboard, at their actual UI.
> Microsoft is in deep trouble...
I do have to interject on the "nobody cares about multimedia systems"
front. I, for one, certainly do. In fact I just spent this year's
personal system budget (as provided by my current employer) on a
multmedia system. We do virtual environments and our stuff is too
heavy weight to run on smaller or embedded devices. I went with a
desktop system as it gives me the ability to perform detailed testing
and also the flexibility in hardware and software to experiment with
Our users also mostly use multimedia systems or gaming oriented systems.
The system I just picked up (a Fujistu Siemens Scaleo P system) came
with Vista. It works fairly well for the most part, but when I started
adding peripherals it exposed some of Vista's shortcomings. The lack of
device drivers being the main issue. Oddly, I considered the system to
be quite slow, but now it seems it very responsive. I assume there are
still a lot mysterious under the hood processes going on... and the lack
of transparency is my biggest concern. And that damn virtualization
EULA clause. And... well... I have some issues, but it works well
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