Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Sep 2009 22:31 UTC
Multimedia, AV While we at OSNews often talk about desktops, laptops, and netbooks, there is another "form factor" which is making inroads into various households: the home theatre PC, or HTPC. There are a lot of software packages out there that will aid in turning a computer into an HTPC, and since I've been testing three of them extensively over the past months, I figured we'd talk about what you use.
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RE[7]: MythTV - "illegal" is the problem
by jabbotts on Sun 13th Sep 2009 14:57 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: MythTV - thankyou"
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Some users are limited by backwards laws that make libdvd illegal and are all users are not willing to install the illegal strippers from China. There are such software solutions to get around hardware imposed problems but this just moves the limitation from the software to the local legal system. While this allows home users to make the personal choice it blocks the possibility of fully functional name brand distributions which negates use by average users and business.

I mean, your preaching to the choir here. Few things bother me more than synthetic limitations imposed by a third party. It does no good for the platform or the end user to remove choice if the hardware vendors are willing to support it. If a vendor is willing to provide specs for DRM support, that should be considered; if not by the kernel then by the distribution level through kernel mods. (this does dirty what should be an upstream addition but distributions have that choice)

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