Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 13th Sep 2007 08:14 UTC, submitted by Anonymous Reader
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "My verdict: Even in the relatively slick Ubuntu variation, Linux is still too rough around the edges for the vast majority of computer users", says Mossberg. Among others, he complains about one of the things I did too when I was writing my stream of Ubuntu reviews back in Spring.
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RE[2]: imperfection
by anda_skoa on Thu 13th Sep 2007 11:10 UTC in reply to "RE: imperfection"
anda_skoa
Member since:
2005-07-07

I can imagine the support call:
User: "I can't play DVDs"
Tech: "You can't legally play DVDs on Linux in your country"


Which would be a lie. Not sure if companies have rules for support techs to lie to customers.

The correct answer would have been
Tech: "We did not include DVD playback capability in our Linux offering".
User: "Why not?"
Tech: "We needed to make sure that reviewers can find flaws in our product. Beats me why managment wants them to."

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RE[3]: imperfection
by JohnFlux on Thu 13th Sep 2007 11:39 in reply to "RE[2]: imperfection"
JohnFlux Member since:
2007-01-04

Why would it be a lie? Do you know of a way to legally play DVDs in linux?

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RE[4]: imperfection
by Johann Chua on Thu 13th Sep 2007 12:49 in reply to "RE[3]: imperfection"
Johann Chua Member since:
2005-07-22

Turbolinux has licensed DVD playback out of the box.

Linspire's Click and Run can install licensed DVD playback software.

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RE[3]: imperfection
by polaris20 on Thu 13th Sep 2007 13:39 in reply to "RE[2]: imperfection"
polaris20 Member since:
2005-07-06

You cannot legally play DVDs on Linux without purchasing a codec for it in many countries. It is not a lie.

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RE[4]: imperfection
by itisak on Thu 13th Sep 2007 16:47 in reply to "RE[3]: imperfection"
itisak Member since:
2006-07-24

What a load of FUD
Which countries do you refer too?
In the US it (libdvdcss) is legal and covered in section 1201(f) of the DMCA.
This Ubuntu page explains it in plain english, under Video ~ DVD.
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/FreeFormats#head-c2258969400dbf867...

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RE[4]: imperfection
by anda_skoa on Thu 13th Sep 2007 19:00 in reply to "RE[3]: imperfection"
anda_skoa Member since:
2005-07-07

You cannot legally play DVDs on Linux without purchasing a codec for it in many countries. It is not a lie.


In orginal made up "dialog" the "tech" says that it might be illegal to play DVDs on Linux, which is not true.

It might be illegal, depending on each country's law, to use DeCSS for playing encrypted DVDs, it is quite certainly not illegal to use a properly licenced DVD player software or to play unencrypted DVDs.

It is, depending on "tech's" knowledge, either a lie, FUD or just extraordinary incompentence. I can not be sure which of the three possibilities Kroc had in mind when letting "tech" make this obviously wrong statement.

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