1 of 3 Dell Inspiron Mini Netbooks Sold With Linux
Say... You want to buy one of these notebooks, and don't want to pay for XP. Ticking the Unbuntu tick box saves 40-50$ (just double-checked vs. the dell site). You then install XP yourself. I'm sure drivers are available from the Dell website (or pherpas even come as a kit). Dell doesn't have a "no-OS" (barebones) option.
I'm an avid Linux user (writting this post on a Hardy Heron Ubuntu, actually). However, I'm also realistic.
On the other hand, there's nothing wrong with copying bits. Laying ownership to a sequence of bits is just plain silly.
On the State of Linux File Systems
Just my 2 bits. As a user of Linux in a software/algorithm context, my personal beefs with ext3 / the current kernel line are:
1) IO priority isn't linked to to process priority, or at least, not in a decent manner. it is all too easy to lock up the system with one process that is IO heavy (or a multiple of these) -- hurting even high priority processes. As the IO call is handled by a system level (handling buffering, etc.) -- it garners a relatively high priority (possibly falling under the RT scheduler) and as a result IO heavy processes can choke other processes.
2) ext3+nfs simply sucks with very large amount of files. I used to routinely have directories with 500,000 files (very easy to reach such amounts with a cartesian multiplication of options). The result is simply downright appalling performance.
PCGA To "Take Up the Challenge of Piracy"
Claiming to lay property to a sequence of bits is hillarious. There is nothing wrong with creating yet another copy of computer game.
DMCA Exemption Time
This "exemption" is nothing but a fig leaf to cover the draconian (and unconstitutional) DMCA act. I say "Ha!" to any act that forbids me to disseminate instructions on how to read ROT13 (in a "copyrighted" work).
The exemptions granted last time around are really, mostly, a "nobody cares" exemption. They were granted so that organizations engaged in archival work can cover their assess -- but they really could've performed said exemptions and the probability of a suit would be infintisimly small.
Game Distribution and the 'Idiocy' of DRM
Your argument would make some sort of sense if "imaginary property" was actually something someone had to pay for. All he did is replicate some bits. How long does a sequence of bits have to be in order to deserve protection? (100 bits? 1k? 1M?).
Any spore installation (or any other program for that matter) is copied millions of times in the course of normal use on a single computer (regardless of whether money was given to some 3rd party). It is loaded from the hard disk to RAM, occasionally swapped back to disk and vice versa. What makes this copying "OK" and other copying not "OK"?
We profess not to police religion or thoughts. So, if I meditate on the first 1K bits of spore, am I performing a violation of some act?