Firefox will adapt closed source DRM

Polytropon freebsd at
Thu May 15 00:15:51 UTC 2014

On Thu, 15 May 2014 10:08:39 +1000, andrew clarke wrote:
> On Wed 2014-05-14 14:44:48 UTC-0400, Antonio Olivares (olivares14031 at wrote:
> > Firefox will adapt DRM stuff into it.  Can it be turned off, i.e, when
> > compiling it?
> > or do we simply move on to another browser?
> > 
> >
> "Each person will be able to decide whether to activate the DRM
> implementation or to leave it off and not watch DRM-controlled content."

This choice has been present for years, in combination with "Flash"
as well as with any other components of the "web conglomerate" that
you could switch off (like JavaScript or Java).


The initiative _for_ DRM is not within Mozilla, it's within the
content industry. Only there a change could be made, but that would
be against their profit intentions, so...

> "We plan on deploying it in the Firefox desktop browser for Windows,
> Mac and Linux operating systems."
> ie. no FreeBSD support.

Well, I did already expect something like that. :-)

With "big" desktop environments becoming Linux-only, why not accept
that choice regarding Firefox, too? This is a chance for alternative
browsers to provide the functionality that the "mainstream products"
cannot achieve anymore. Isn't that the attitude that lead toward so
many great free and open software that surpasses proprietary, commercial
and expensive products in almost every aspect?

> There's a slim chance it'll work under FreeBSD's Linux emulation, I suppose.

Like in ye olden times when we did use the Linux version of Opera. :-)

> I imagine the DRM system will be broken (cracked) fairly quickly.

Of course.

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