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minor improvements - DRM acronym

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hi there,

1. (i mentioned this in a post to the translation ML):

here and elsewhere, the DRM acronym is not spelled out correctly:
http://www.getgnulinux.org/windows/stand_for_a_free_society/

DRM is not an acronym for "Digital Restrictions Managment", but for "Digital Rights Managment".

Gustavo answered to me that this was done on purpose. While I do agree that "Restrictions" is actually the better name for it, I think it should be either a) changed to the real name "Digital Rights Managment" or b) the pun needs to be made clear ("Even though it's actually called "Digital Rights Managment", we like to call it "Digital Restrictions Managment"). otherwise, it looks like you guys don't know what you're talking about.

2. Type "Feroda" instead of "Fedora" here (green box):
http://www.getgnulinux.org/switch_to_linux/try_and_install/

cheers,
luzi

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Hello, Luzi! 1) I agree

Hello, Luzi!

1) I agree with you and I think we should go for option b.
2) It's now fixed in svn. Thank you!

Cheers!

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re: DRM
Luzi wrote:

While I do agree that "Restrictions" is actually the better name for it, I think it should be either
a) changed to the real name "Digital Rights Managment" or
b) the pun needs to be made clear ("Even though it's actually called "Digital Rights Managment", we like to call it "Digital Restrictions Managment"). otherwise, it looks like you guys don't know what you're talking about.

I understand your point, but if it sounds that we don't know what we're talking about, who holds the "true" meaning of the term? I read many texts on the web and it does not seem to be a precisely defined technology. It's not held by a company or a standards body.
And when I think of it, the "renaming" is really not a pun. There is strictly *nothing* about rights in DRM - precisely the opposite. I am breaking the law of my country just because I play my DVDs on my computer. It's all about restrictions.

I think b) has the big drawback of confusing people. I think most readers coming to GGL barely heard of DRM but don't know what is stands for. My point of view is that I prefer them to know it's about restrictions management rather than believe it's about rights management.

I am ready to change the page though, if most people believe it's best to stick with the original meaning of the acronym. Are there any more points of view?

Thanks for bringing this up, it was needed! =)

Olivier.

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Don't stick to the original

Don't stick to the original meaning. I support the renaming, but maybe just adding a small note that the industry is calling it "digital rights management" would balance things out. Maybe you could just put a "*" near the term and then at the end of the page explain the term under *.

It sure isn't about rights. They are talking about "rights" in order to make us think that it is artist's right being protected, but even that isn't true. Neither should they have a right to impose such restrictions on computer users nor is it really about artists' rights, but the power of the cartels.

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libervisco wrote:

Maybe you could just put a "*" near the term and then at the end of the page explain the term under *.

Would everyone agree with that? I think it's a good thing to do.
Does anyone know how to make a JavaScript or CSS snippet, so that a clickable asterisk could display the remark upon clicking?

PS: I slightly renamed the thread to better keep track of it =)

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Yes
ariadacapo wrote:
libervisco wrote:

Maybe you could just put a "*" near the term and then at the end of the page explain the term under *.

Would everyone agree with that? I think it's a good thing to do.
Does anyone know how to make a JavaScript or CSS snippet, so that a clickable asterisk could display the remark upon clicking?

I agree, but I think we should keep it simple (without javascript). It should be mentioned as a side note, IMHO.

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Keeping it simple sounds

Keeping it simple sounds good. Maybe it can simply be made as a bookmark. When you click on the star (*) it leads you to the end of the page where the explanation is.

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anchor
libervisco wrote:

bookmark

They're called "anchors" (hence the XHTML entity).

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Yes, that's what I mean!

Yes, that's what I mean! Smiling

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Yeah, I knew I got it

Yeah, I knew I got it wrong. Anchors they are. Smiling

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right I'll try to do this

right I'll try to do this over the week-end. If anyone wishes to do it, don't hesitate to edit the file directly through our SVN repository at http://svn.getgnulinux.org/en .

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Done... please have a look

Done... please have a look and criticise.... is this ok?

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Quote:Note that DRM is
Quote:

Note that DRM is often refered to as "Digital Rights Management", although it has nothing to do with your rights

I think they mean the author's right, not the end-user's.

The rest is alright, imo.

Cheers.

PS: By the way, it's "referred".

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Here are some changes that

Here are some changes that might be needed:

Under DRM:
- In first paragraph, change "cannot copy their music on" to "cannot play their music on" or at least change "on" to "to" because "copy on" isn't correct, it's "copy to" (afaik).
- Sentence "Imagine documents that self-destructed if you tried to walk out of the door." is unclear, it should be "if you tried to take them out of the room" or something like that.

Under TC:
- In second paragraph, change "programs that are uncertified" to "programs that are not certified".

Under "The wider impact" there is a layout error - text goes over the image a bit.

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Gustavo wrote: I think
Gustavo wrote:

I think they mean the author's right, not the end-user's.

Well the funny thing it's not about the author's right either... Bono has no right to make my music player stop playing his music... it's just me who hasn't got the right to prevent my music player from stopping playing Bono's music ;-)

I went for the following:

article wrote:

Note that DRM is often referred to as "Digital Rights Management", although it has little to do with rights

Thanks Gustavo!

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stojic wrote:

Here are some changes that might be needed:

Under DRM:
- In first paragraph, change "cannot copy their music on" to "cannot play their music on" or at least change "on" to "to" because "copy on" isn't correct, it's "copy to" (afaik).
- Sentence "Imagine documents that self-destructed if you tried to walk out of the door." is unclear, it should be "if you tried to take them out of the room" or something like that.

Under TC:
- In second paragraph, change "programs that are uncertified" to "programs that are not certified".

All corrected!

stojic wrote:

Under "The wider impact" there is a layout error - text goes over the image a bit.

Can you send me a printscreen (olivier@GGL) or describe more precisely? I can't see the error.

Thank you!

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sent the screenies
ariadacapo wrote:
stojic wrote:

Under "The wider impact" there is a layout error - text goes over the image a bit.

Can you send me a printscreen (olivier@GGL) or describe more precisely? I can't see the error.

I have sent you some screenies. Problem seems to be related to the font size setting in web browser.

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Thanks very much for that -

Thanks very much for that - best detailed bug report I've seen =)
The problem should be solved for all good browsers and IE7 (though it probably won't under IE6 which doesn't have a clue about the min-width CSS property).

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No problem , it looks good

No problem Smiling, it looks good now.

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