It wouldn't affect me, anyway, because I don't buy DRM media.
The issue he is have is that Canonical will be adding Proprietary Software by default that most likely will require you to agree to a EULA of some sort.
DRM would make more content available for future versions of Ubuntu. Content providers will usually only license content for distribution if it the end-platform has DRM capability. If you take Netflix for example, there are a huge number of people complaining the there isn't a native Linux client available. With a suitable DRM mechanism in place then services such as Netflix would be able to produce native clients.
Also I didn't see that many people complain when Valve decided to release Steam for Ubuntu, at the end of the day Steam is just a content delivery and DRM solution.
Regardless of how many "modified" components we have in Ubuntu, it is still an open source operating system. Which in itself means that these additions will be open source. Meaning you get to fiddle with it as much as you want. Derivations will still exist and life will go on.
Also, the licensing is wayyyyyyyyy different in the case of OSX compared to Linux.
Ubuntu is backed by a business and businesses like to make money so it's not really surprising they'd embrace new ways to earn more money.
If Canonical writes a single line of code that allows you to buy or rent DRMed music or video, then I'm leaving. For real.
Canonical should not even consider DRM. I'm no Stallman, I'm just very opposed to DRM.
I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.
Canonical is not trying to make a OS conforming to all open standards serving a open-source loving market, they're trying to make a good OS usable for everyone on the world.
Some DRM is bad, I agree, but DRM can be done good (Steam for example)
How is this news? Ubuntu has always supported ways of dealing with content that's encumbered by restrictions and DRM. The system you have right now will automatically install codecs for dealing with MP3, flash etc, and there are packages in the repos for you to watch those encrypted DVDs, etc, etc. One of the reasons Ubuntu has always been popular is precisely because it takes a pragmatic stance on non-free media content.
Storm in teacup time in freesoftwareland again I see.