Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 19th Nov 2002 09:24 UTC
Oracle and SUN This past year has been a breakthrough for Sun for both their Linux and Solaris products. The most intriguing news of all is possibly the challenge Sun poses to Microsoft with their Desktop Initiative announced a couple of months ago. We spoke to Bill Moffitt, Product Line Manager of the Solaris Lifecycle, about Linux, the desktop and Solaris. Update: Bill Moffitt replies on our forums.
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RE: Multimedia
by Eugenia on Tue 19th Nov 2002 11:04 UTC

No. MPlayer does not allow distributions or binary packages and moreoever, all the interesting formats that come with MPlayer, are pretty illegal.

As for XMMS under Red Hat, it does not support MP3.
As you can see, there is a problem on the multimedia side, playing mp3s and popular/windows/Qt/Real video formats that are really needed on many corporations today (many send video files for work, while design companies are sending test video/sound files to marketing/sales departments of companies).

As you might know, there are some departments on some companies that really need full multimedia and popular format support. And it is unfortunate that IT admins do not want to have some departments on Windows, other on Macs and other on Linux/Unix. They prefer to run the company with the same hardware/software (more or less, there are always some small exceptions to the rule) so having the whole company on RH Linux and marketing on Windows it does not make mcuh sense... Sun and Red Hat will have to work and pay the licenses for multimedia formats.

As I said in the past, Be, Inc. paid for these 2 years ago to include them in BeOS 5, at a time that their financials were really bad. But they needed these formats for their desktops, so they did the right thing to purchase licenses. All it needs to be done is RH and Sun to put the hand in their pockets.