Who Ordered the Linux, Extra DRM?

DRM — digital rights management — isn't something one usually associates with Linux, given the freely available nature of the source code for the vast majority of Linux applications. Apparently someone wants it, though, as Aladdin Knowledge Systems has just announced the latest version of their HASP SRM package, complete with Linux support.

Presumably the target audience for this sort of thing is the hard-line corporate type, the ones like Nokia who want a piece of the Linux pie without walking the Linux path. We're guessing that whatever ends up locked up in Aladdin's cave will have to be pretty attractive to get hard-core Linux users to load anything vaguely resembling the despised digital "protections" anywhere near their free, and squeaky clean, systems.

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