Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Feb 2007 14:47 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Ubuntu Feisty Fawn Herd 3 has been released. Kubuntu and Edubuntu versions are available as well. There's a list of changes in Ubuntu as well as Kubuntu. Final is expected to be released in April.
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Simpler multimedia.
by philicorda on Fri 2nd Feb 2007 16:32 UTC
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2005-12-31

"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?

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RE: Simpler multimedia.
by archiesteel on Fri 2nd Feb 2007 17:37 in reply to "Simpler multimedia."
archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

The codecs issue isn't very problematic, at least not compared to DeCSS. However, now that Hollywood is pushing for HD-DVD and Blu-Ray, I don't think they really care about DeCSS anymore.

In any case, I believe that if they were to pursue this, it might actually endanger the DMCA itself. Fair use rights are guaranteed by the constitution, and the whole DRM efforts have had no other aim than to take those fair use rights away from citizens in order to sell them back to them. I highly recommend this article about it on Ars Technica:

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070115-8616.html

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