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Novell and Ximian A demonstration of the next release of Novell's Linux for desktops drew cheers and applause Wednesday, although the final version of the software is not expected for some months. Nat Friedman, the company's vice president of Linux desktop engineering, showed Novell Linux Desktop 10 playing videos and MP3 music files, and exchanging music and photos with an iPod and a digital camera, in a keynote presentation at the Solutions Linux conference and trade show on the outskirts of Paris.
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RE[2]: Videos, MP3s?
by aseigo on Wed 1st Feb 2006 21:12 UTC
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> Linux has not been able to play MP3s out of the
> box for legal reason

untrue, actually. red hat, suse, mandriva, etc, have not, but there are more linux offerings out there than just them.

linspire has offered mp3 as well as wmv for some time now. check out their format compatibility page:

i know it's hard to keep up with everything that's been happening in the open source space, but one would expect Novell as an entity to know. i wonder if Nat was misquoted or if he's just unaware ...

not that i'd be surprised. their "director of the linux program office" was unaware of what was when i spoke with him at a conference last month, even though he spoke about the open source desktop in his presentation. =)

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