I read the news about Linus and DRM. What does it mean for system administrators? Does it just affect developers?
Properly used and managed, DRM facilities will thus help the administrator. Developers of open source software will be out of tune if they do not provide DRM management and compliance tools. Perhaps we should sooner expect commercial software providers to step up to the bar with these tools, but past experience would suggest that these are the last to adopt a positive disposition towards open source software.
So, it will be interesting to see who will take affirmative and who will take counter measures.
In any case, I believe Linus is spot on -- for him to limit any use of Linux would go counter to the very principles that drive it.
This was first published in May 2003