[Linux-aus] New ABC services

Andrew Donnellan ajdlinux at gmail.com
Wed Mar 12 21:23:22 UTC 2008

On Wed, Mar 12, 2008 at 9:56 PM, Jeff Waugh <jdub at bethesignal.org> wrote:
>  See recent discussions on the SLUG list (perhaps slug-chat) about this,
>  particularly the response that James Purser received.

Could you point me to some, because I can't find anything ABC-related
other than getting their website videos working.

>  Do remember that it is not in taxpayer's interest to see the ABC "support
>  Linux platforms" because Linux has such a tiny market share -- it simply
>  doesn't make sense to force the ABC to support everyone's favourite niche OS
>  (remember that I say this as someone with deep affection for, and quite a
>  lot of time committed to, FLOSS desktop efforts). Of course, it *does* mean
>  that the ABC should aspire to support open standards, which would provide
>  access to (hopefully but not definitely) all.

Well, Linux-incompatibility is only one of the issues. DRM's the other
issue, particularly wrt the shop downloads. IMO DRM is contrary to the
intent of the ABC Act, and it's very un-ABCish seeing how they've been
pretty good about sharing their content online so far.

I just heard on the radio that FABC has raised concerns about the shop
downloads being over commercialisation. I shall get in contact with
them and see if they're willing to take the ABC up over DRM. The FABC
has a lot more influence, of course.


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 "So they have to pay to vote?"
 - English class, 20 Feb 2008

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