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 Yama on Tue 19th Nov 2002 11:46 UTC

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

That hasn't been true for quite some time. MPlayer is GPL, and it can use the ffmpeg library to play proprietary formats like Windows Media and DivX. Maybe there is some kooky US law (like the DMCA) that this violates, but this looks perfectly legal to me. Quicktime is probably the only major format poses a problem: MPlayer currently needs DLLs from the Windows Quicktime player to play Sorenson v3 encoded files. As for RealMedia, Real already have a player for *NIX. MPlayer can play some (but not all) RealMedia files, too.

As for XMMS under Red Hat, it does not support MP3.

Thompson/Fraunhoffer have not changed their MP3 royalty structure. Other distros (e.g. Mandrake) ship with MP3 players, and nothing has been done to stop/charge them. I respect Red Hat's decision to be careful about licensing costs, but I think they are being a little too paranoid here.