In reading through this thread I can see some real passion on both sides of the question. All arguments aside, there still might be a way this could be done without anyone ending up in jail
I know Linux doesn’t currently support the things necessary for an acceptable DRM, but I’m fairly certain that the mods could be made to enable it. If this were done in a way that would allow individual users to load the necessary changes (if they were willing to accept the restrictions) in order to gain the functionality desired, it should satisfy all parties. For those who insist that Linux will never do this ... don't add the patch. For the rest of us who see LMCE as a tool ... we would accept the restrictions if it meant we could bypass the whole Microsoft mess. It's about having choices and that's what Linux has always been about.
At the moment LMCE doesn't really cut it with today's encrypted TV feeds because there is no support for the hardware required to make it work.
Like most people who are interested in LMCE, I'd rather use Linux for my home systems, than Windows. At the end of the day, however, I just want a system that works. It's a sad commentary on the state of LMCE when it takes a weak second place to a Windows solution.
Anyone else interested in seeing what can be done to make this work?