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"Easy Codec Installation has been implemented in Feisty Fawn Herd 3, When trying to play media files, Ubuntu will try to install the necessary codecs automatically, and start playing the desired file."
This caught my eye.
If they get it right, it will be a quiet revolution for ease of use with Linux desktops. All anyone really wants is to click on a file, have the computer get the codec for you, and play the media with no questions asked.
Automatic codec installation has always been possible, but legal issues rather than technical ones have prevented it's adoption.
So, I'd be interested to know how many codecs will be supported. Win32 codecs for mplayer? DeCSS for DVDs? If so, does maintaining repositories outside the US and a warning in the installer that 'the packages are restricted by copyright' really make it legal?