Video: Torvalds unimpressed with DRM, GPLv3

Video: Torvalds unimpressed with DRM, GPLv3

Summary: In this 3.5 minute video, Linus Torvalds talks about why digital rights management and the General Public License cause a lot of "hot air" to be exchanged but do not amount to a "big deal".

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In this 3.5 minute video, Linus Torvalds talks about why digital rights management and the General Public License cause a lot of "hot air" to be exchanged but do not amount to a "big deal".

During Linux.conf.au in Sydney earlier this week, 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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Torvalds also talked about why "unfriendly" kernel developers are making it more difficult attracting new blood. Click here to see this three minute video.

In addition, he revealed he was surprised by the resilience of the 2.6 Linux kernel to "invasive" changes. Click here to watch the two minute video clip.

In another clip, Torvalds spoke about why the kernel is "special". For this one minute video clip, click here.

Topics: Open Source, Linux

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  • Does not play in Flash Version 9

    This video in fact doesn't play with Flash version 9 on my Redhat box. Irony that a video of Linus Torvalds cannot be viewed on a Linux machine... Had they used an open standarnd, this wouldn't be a problem.
    anonymous
  • Does play in Flash version 9

    must be something wrong with your setup! it plays well on my flash version 9 on my gentoo machine
    anonymous
  • Ditto

    Flash Ver 9 plays on this Fedora box Which is Redhat.
    Something most be wrong somewhere.
    anonymous