Video: Torvalds on DRM and GPLv3

Video: Torvalds on DRM and GPLv3

Summary: In part one of a five-part interview, Linus Torvalds talks about why digital rights management and the GPL cause a lot of 'hot air' to be exchanged


In part one of a five-part video interview, Linus Torvalds talks about why digital rights management and the General Public License (GPL) cause a lot of "hot air" to be exchanged but do not amount to a "big deal".

During in Sydney, Torvalds said that both DRM technology and GPLv3 will cause lots of arguments but in the bigger scheme of things, neither will stop good technology from prevailing. "I suspect — and I may not be right — but when it comes to things like DRM or licensing, people get really very excited about them. People have very strong opinions. I have very strong opinions and they happen to be for different reasons than many other people," he said.

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To watch part two of the interview, in which Torvalds explains what's so special about the kernel, click here.

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Munir first became involved with online publishing in 1998 when he joined ZDNet UK and later moved into print publishing as Chief Reporter for IT Week, part of ZDNet UK, a weekly trade newspaper targeted at Enterprise IT managers. He later moved back into online publishing as Senior News Reporter for ZDNet UK.

Munir was recognised as Australia's Best Technology Columnist at the 5th Annual Sun Microsystems IT Journalism Awards 2007. In the previous year he was named Best News Journalist at the Consensus IT Writers Awards.

He no longer uses his Commodore 64.


Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining CBS as a programmer. After a Canadian sojourn, he returned in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia, and is now the Australian Editor of ZDNet.

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