Originally Posted by zgeneral
Kudos to you for coming into a forum to address your users directly.
Thanks. If you look at my post count and signature, you see that I am no stranger to AVS Forum and our users here.
What will keep me from adopting Vista however is the use of proprietary codecs and DRM (secure audio channel) built in. Perhaps you can give some input on how the DRM changes in Vista benefit the end user and not just the monopolists (both RIAA and Microsoft
). What are your thoughts on the subject?
Actually, none of that is "built-in" in the way you are worried about it. You can simply ignore all of those capabilities and use the system as you do XP today. The new services around protected media path and such, require explicit support from applications. To the extent an application does not use those services, the system works as it always has.
Of course, if an application does choose to use the new services, it will be more immune to attacks. Depending your perspective, that can be a good thing or a bad thing I am sure. It is good because without it, new HD optical formats such as HD DVD and BD may require that the application be revoked (not play future content). Whereas using the new services, would make them more resilient, allowing them to keep operating as designed. But per above, these players can choose to ignore the new services and work as they do on XP.
Note that in many ways, these security provisions simply get us closer to where the traditional closed consumer architectures. For example, a lot has been said about us enabling HDCP protection on the video output (again, another optional feature). But such a capability has existed on current CE equipment for 2+ years and is fully utilized in something as simples as upscaling DVD player. And this is a required feature for playing HD DVD/BD optical formats.
Anyway, I hope the above eases your fears and lets you give Vista a try. Happy to answer any specific questions you might have.