[p2p-hackers] Stop Palladium and TCPA Now!
zooko at zooko.com
Mon Feb 3 11:58:02 UTC 2003
The Treacherous Computing Platform Alliance certainly *will* control what you
can do with your computer, and it certainly will include preventing you from
booting a free operating system. I speak not of the Trusted Computing Platform
Alliance spec that Adam read, but of the strategic plan that is currently being
executed by the authors of that spec.
Lest you think that this is all FUD, consider that there are already millions of
Xboxes in the hands of consumers, which cannot boot a free operating system
without cracking open the case and installing a modchip.
This level of constraint is sufficient to prevent 99% of people from ever being
able to try Linux on their computers, but Microsoft is hard at work designing
improvements that will significantly increase the difficulty.
If your mother buys a "Microsoft PC" next Christmas to do her e-mail, it may
very well be one that cannot be made to boot Linux without expensive and
potentially damaging hardware surgery.
Now, Adam is probably right that the Trusted Computing Platform Alliance spec
doesn't say that a TCPA computer must prevent you from booting Linux, but Seth
is right that the Treacherous Computing Platform Alliance *will* prevent you
from booting a free operating system and *will* control everything that you do
with your computer, and soon.
As far as I can tell, the current TCPA spec is intended to make sure that you
can't view Microsoft Media DRM'ed videos through Wine, vmware, bochs, etc. so
that you can't bypass the DRM.
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