Apple’s answer to Ubuntu

This is how Nelson Mandela once explained the meaning of Ubuntu: “Ubuntu does not mean that people should not enrich themselves. The question therefore is: Are you going to do so in order to enable the community around you to improve?” And here is a recent answer from Apple:

The latest iPods have a cryptographic “checksum” in their song databases that prevents third-party applications from synching with the portable music players. This means that iPods can no longer be used with operating systems where iTunes doesn’t exist — like Linux.

I don’t think anybody needs Nelson Mandela to explain the meaning of this answer…