Linked by David Adams on Tue 27th Jul 2010 07:35 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Linux Some people hate the idea of adding proprietary software to their desktop Linux. For these people, there are Linux distributions such as gNewSense that use only free software. For the rest of us, who use distributions such as Fedora, openSUSE and Ubuntu, there are times we either want to, or feel forced to, add proprietary programs such as Adobe Flash or Skype or the ability to play proprietary audio and video formats such as MP3 or commercial DVDs to your Linux desktop. Here's how to do it.
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RE: D'oh!
by Kivada on Tue 27th Jul 2010 10:20 UTC in reply to "D'oh!"
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Install the support for it anyways or you'll never get the marketshare to justify the content creators switching formats.

You have to have the better format BEFORE the proprietary one comes along to have a snowball's chance in hell at getting general acceptance of an open format. So far the "better open format" has always come up late to the party causing guys like you to endlessly bemoan that nobody is using the open format.

With what had been learned from Theora, VP8, Dirac, Flac and Vorbis the community should have thr groundwork to start on the next generation video codec that will be used for whatever they decide to use for 3D broadcast TV or the next BluRay. If you don't beat MPEG-LA out of the door you'll never get accepted.

So write the next codec and get it working on everything everywhere, don't stop till it runs on your breakfast cereal.

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