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Ten tenets the Linux world needs to rethink

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I'm a passionate advocate of Linux and open-source software. But however much I believe in the cause, I know some of the ideals that the Linux and open-source community hold so tightly need re-evaluating.

So much of the landscape of business and home computing has changed since the beginnings of the GPL and the Linux operating system. The time has surely come to reassess some of the movement's fundamental thinking. All I would ask is that the points I list here be examined as possible areas for improvement that could help the public at large take up open source and Linux more fully.

1. DRM

There several reasons why Linux should adopt digital rights management (DRM). Principal among them — and a point that should resonate with many Linux users — is Netflix streaming. Netflix has made it clear that one of the main reasons it doesn't stream to Linux is DRM. It doesn't want piracy —

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