In the history of technology, the first to develop a technology and attempt to bring it to market is usually not the one that is ultimately successful.
That's why Microsoft was so successful: they let the market test ideas, and then stole, bought, or cloned only proven ideas.
When they did NOT follow this formula, such as for Bob, Zune, their first tablet, and Windows 8 tablet/desktop mishmash, they failed.
Funny that you mention Bob. Yes it was a failure... But one of the marketing team, Melinda French, did all right by it.
using an analog form of DRM
So, that'd be "RM", then.
In case you're wondering, it was simply that only the rental store could rewind rental tapes (cartridges).
Not so much rights management as blanket functionality removal.
DRM is "blanket functionality removal." That is it's intention. It fails, but that is not the point...
Treating users in such a horrible way never ends well. These users just won't put up with it. The most talented, experienced and knowledgeable Linux users have already moved to FreeBSD, or are in the process of doing so. These are the kinds of users who are needed the most by Linux; they're the ones who push for its adoption and use. Linux won't disappear all at once, of course, but a gradual decline is inevitable now that these critical users have been forced out.
You can really see this in Ubuntu and the Ubuntu Forums. Back a long time ago...
You have got to understand one thing : Linux is the playground of Red Hat. From top to bottom Red Hat does and the others follow or die. The idea that there is freedom in the open source movement is pure illusion. He who has control of the infrastructure components has control of linux. The other guys are just small fish. Even Ubuntu doesn't go anywhere without Debian, and Debian doesn't go anywhere without Red Hat.
Ironic that you post this in an article that is in no way about rpm...
You're why we don't have flying cars yet.
Oh don't be so dramatic. The real reason Linux is holding up flying cars is shitty drivers.
If they would just share the API so we didn't need a flying car binary blob...
3) You are a COW
So now the red tape is copy on write?
"It's like deja vu all over again." -- Yogi Berra