Tuesday July 31, 2012

Nonfree DRM'd Games on GNU/Linux: Good or Bad?

Richard Stallman, the president of the Free Software Foundation, voices his concerns on Valve's plans for Steam on Linux. Your thoughts? Thanks to TheWeazmeister for the link.

A well known company, Valve, that distributes nonfree computer games with Digital Restrictions Management, recently announced it would distribute these games for GNU/Linux. What good and bad effects can this have? I suppose that availability of popular nonfree programs on GNU/Linux can boost adoption of the system. However, our goal goes beyond making this system a "success"; its purpose is to bring freedom to the users. Thus, the question is how this development affects users' freedom.

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