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[3]: imperfection
by polaris20 on Thu 13th Sep 2007 13:39 UTC 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[5]: imperfection
by AdamW on Thu 13th Sep 2007 19:33 in reply to "RE[4]: imperfection"
AdamW Member since:
2005-07-06

That's bull.

Using libdvdcss to play back a DVD is not "for the purpose of enabling interoperability of an independently created computer program with other programs". What program are you making interoperable with other programs?

That clause has absolutely no relevance to dvdcss. As far as I can see, dvdcss is clearly in violation of this particular clause of the DMCA.

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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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