Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 10th May 2007 01:53 UTC, submitted by editingwhiz
Red Hat Red Hat announced a new client product, Red Hat Global Desktop, at its annual Red Hat Summit tradeshow in San Diego. This move is designed, in part, to compete with Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 Desktop, which has achieved success in business desktop markets, and with Ubuntu 7.04, which will soon appear on Dell PCs. Some reporting about this can also be found at the company's magazine. Update: Elsewhere, talking security with Red Hat's Mark Cox.
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RE: No mp3 support?
by gilboa on Thu 10th May 2007 12:59 UTC in reply to "No mp3 support?"
gilboa
Member since:
2005-07-06

I'll ignore the obvious flame bait for a second, and answer:

1. Previous versions of Windows (pre-WinXP) couldn't play MP3 either. Mind you, given the latest defeat Microsoft suffered from the hands of Fraunhofer (MP3 patent holder), I won't be surprised if MS decides to drop the MP3 support completely in future WMP versions.

2. Previous versions of Windows couldn't play DVD out of the box either.

3. Blaming RedHat for the U.S' broken patent system is not only mis-leading but borders on pure hypocrisy. Blame your local Parliament/Congress/etc member first!

4. Adding MP3 and DVD supports requires 3 steps:
a. Read the Fedora/RedHat/etc FAQ.
b. Add the appropriate software repository to your package manager.
c. Click on the missing modules.

5. Desktop doesn't necessarily means home entertainment PC - given the fact that >60% of the machines are sold with on-board graphics I can safely assume that most desktop machines will never be used to run full-screen computer games. (As opposed to Soliter, etc)

6. Among other things, I use my home workstation to run Quake 3, Enemy Territory, Quake 4, Doom 3, UT 2004 and X2. X3 (pre-ordered), Quake wars and UT 2007 are on the way. I assume that in your (very narrow) POV, these are not (?!?!) computer games?

- Gilboa

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RE[2]: No mp3 support?
by mallard on Thu 10th May 2007 16:01 in reply to "RE: No mp3 support?"
mallard Member since:
2006-01-06

1. Previous versions of Windows (pre-WinXP) couldn't play MP3 either. Mind you, given the latest defeat Microsoft suffered from the hands of Fraunhofer (MP3 patent holder), I won't be surprised if MS decides to drop the MP3 support completely in future WMP versions.

Actually, WMP has been MP3 enabled since version 5 (first shipped with Win98).

2. Previous versions of Windows couldn't play DVD out of the box either.

In fact, the ONLY versions of Windows that can play DVD OTB are XP Media Centre, Vista Home Premium and Vista Ultimate.
However, most OEMs bundle a DVD playback application/codec anyway, so nearly all new PCs can play DVD OTB.

Edited 2007-05-10 16:01

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RE[3]: No mp3 support?
by apoclypse on Thu 10th May 2007 18:54 in reply to "RE[2]: No mp3 support?"
apoclypse Member since:
2007-02-17

OEM doesn't count. The same can be said of linux if an OEM provider decided to package Linux. Windows XP can't play DVD's out of the box, lets just keep it at that.

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