Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 12th Jan 2012 22:54 UTC
FreeBSD Some people already submitted this news last week, but it wasn't until today that it became official: the FreeBSD team has announced the release of FreeBSD version 9.0. As you may expect from the major version number change, this is releas eis packed with new stuff.
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sbergman27
Member since:
2005-07-24

It doesn't work in Totem or VLC here. Both are dependent upon the specific codecs and libraries installed. You can hide your head in the sand all you want. But few users are willing (or capable) of jumping through the hoops you and I might be willing to jump through to watch a video.

Getting Windows for free, or even paying for a Mac is preferable to most. You know that as well as I do, as much as you might want to deny it. It's an area where we need to be doing a lot better than we are.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Uh, I navigated to the video in chromium it opened mplayer in browser told me it need to install some codecs, then found the codecs and installed after I authenticated and approved. It could not get any easier in Fedora 16.

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darseex Member since:
2010-12-06

Step 1: Install a popular linux distro
Step 2: Watch almost any video ever made

Whoo! All those hoops. I can't believe I was able to wrap my mind around it.

No shit, non-flash video in linux is easier than it is in Windows for me (until I discovered VLC at any rate). And even where flash is concerned, use a distro made in the last half-decade and you're golden.

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0brad0 Member since:
2007-05-05

Step 1: Install a popular linux distro
Step 2: Watch almost any video ever made

Whoo! All those hoops. I can't believe I was able to wrap my mind around it.

No shit, non-flash video in linux is easier than it is in Windows for me (until I discovered VLC at any rate). And even where flash is concerned, use a distro made in the last half-decade and you're golden.


Well the blame is being put on FFmpeg but it is actually with the Operating System in question and the idiotic defaults being utilized. But it definitely does not affect every Operating System utilizing the Linux kernel.

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

*sigh* Look. If we're doing everything right... why has Linux desktop use been stuck at ~0.75% market share for so many years despite being free, being Free, and having had lots of press and lots of enthusiastic public advocates?

http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-ww-yearly-2008-2012

This graph only goes back a few years. But it's quite in alignment with what I recall from the late 90s, early 2000s. The number I recall from ~2000 is ~0.5%. So maybe that's a tiny bit of progress over a 12 year period.

But for all practical purposes, desktop Linux is going nowhere fast. Hiding our heads in the sand and complacently saying "Everything is fine. Works for me." is obviously not an effective strategy.

Hurl insults and spit venom at me all you want. I don't care, particularly. But it doesn't change the cold, hard facts. If my efforts get a few more people to see the reality and ponder a solution, I'm happy.

-Steve

Edited 2012-01-13 19:02 UTC

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