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Re: DAMN the reply button

> (IMHO, maybe CPU, but BIOS for the sake of discussion).  LINUX should
> read (and not "soft" read) a serial number out of the BIOS, and not hold
> it in software to be hacked.  BIOS manufacture might be easier to

Any scheme like this can be hacked. Especially -- but certainly not limited
to -- when you have the source to look at. 

But more importantly, Linux is about free software. No matter where one is
on the software-freedom morality spectrum, it's plain fact that Linux's
strength is in open source. Do we really want to bend over backwards to
encourage closed software?

If the issue were destroying microsoft, schemes like this might be worth it.
But if the idea is to improve software for everyone, I'm not sure it's so

Matthew Miller                      --->                  mattdm@mattdm.org
Quotes 'R' Us                       --->             http://quotes-r-us.org/

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