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Novell and Ximian A demonstration of the next release of Novell's Linux for desktops drew cheers and applause Wednesday, although the final version of the software is not expected for some months. Nat Friedman, the company's vice president of Linux desktop engineering, showed Novell Linux Desktop 10 playing videos and MP3 music files, and exchanging music and photos with an iPod and a digital camera, in a keynote presentation at the Solutions Linux conference and trade show on the outskirts of Paris.
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RE[2]: Novell Shows Off
by tristan on Wed 1st Feb 2006 22:20 UTC in reply to "RE: Novell Shows Off"
tristan
Member since:
2006-02-01

There's no linux distribution at the moment that plays MP3 out of the box...

There are many Linux distros that have support for MP3 (and more) out of the box. The thing they all have in common is that you have to pay for them.

If NLD becomes the first free Linux distro to ship an MP3 decoder, then that is pretty big news.

I want some XGL screenshots...

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RE[3]: Novell Shows Off
by moleskine on Wed 1st Feb 2006 22:50 in reply to "RE[2]: Novell Shows Off"
moleskine Member since:
2005-11-05

There are many Linux distros that have support for MP3 (and more) out of the box. The thing they all have in common is that you have to pay for them.

You don't have to pay for Debian. And with a light flick of an apt-get it will support your favourite dvds out of the box (or, at least, out of their repositories) as well.

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RE[4]: Novell Shows Off
by Mitarai on Wed 1st Feb 2006 22:52 in reply to "RE[3]: Novell Shows Off"
Mitarai Member since:
2005-07-28

You don't have to pay for Debian.

Does Debian comes with support of mp3 in the default installation?

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RE[4]: Novell Shows Off
by Finalzone on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 01:00 in reply to "RE[3]: Novell Shows Off"
Finalzone Member since:
2005-07-06

Hence the reason of non-profit status from Debian. IT would be another matter if Debian were a company.

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RE[3]: Novell Shows Off
by Morty on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 00:27 in reply to "RE[2]: Novell Shows Off"
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2005-07-06

There are many Linux distros that have support for MP3 (and more) out of the box. The thing they all have in common is that you have to pay for them.

Bull, there are lots of Linux distributions with support for MP3 out of the box which you don't have to pay anything for. The biggest one goes by the name Mandriva (yes in the no cost version too), and there are several others.


If NLD becomes the first free Linux distro to ship an MP3 decoder

As already stated it's not, and NLD is one of those you have to pay for btw. So it's already excluded by your previous argument.

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RE[4]: Novell Shows Off
by thebluesgnr on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 01:19 in reply to "RE[3]: Novell Shows Off"
thebluesgnr Member since:
2005-11-14

"Bull, there are lots of Linux distributions with support for MP3 out of the box which you don't have to pay anything for. The biggest one goes by the name Mandriva (yes in the no cost version too), and there are several others. "

It's a patent violation in the US.

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RE[4]: Novell Shows Off
by MamiyaOtaru on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 01:53 in reply to "RE[3]: Novell Shows Off"
MamiyaOtaru Member since:
2005-11-11

Bull, there are lots of Linux distributions with support for MP3 out of the box which you don't have to pay anything for. The biggest one goes by the name Mandriva (yes in the no cost version too).

Dead wrong. Why do you think the PLF exists? ( http://plf.zarb.org/ ). You want mp3 in free Mandriva, you have to get it from the unofficial PLF.

As already stated (NLD is) not (the first free distro to ship with mp3 support)

If there are any free distros that do so already, they do so illegally (in the US anyway).

and NLD is one of those you have to pay for btw. So it's already excluded by your previous argument.

Regardless, the software Novell has developed will presumably be made available to be shipped by distros that are free (legally), which will be, despite your beliefs, a new thing.

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RE[3]: Novell Shows Off
by Dark_Knight on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 16:11 in reply to "RE[2]: Novell Shows Off"
Dark_Knight Member since:
2005-07-10

Tristan,

Re: "If NLD becomes the first free Linux distro to ship an MP3 decoder, then that is pretty big news."

To clarify for those not familiar with Novell Linux Desktop (NLD) Novell is targeting the enterprise sector such as businesses, education institutions and governments not home consumers. So this means no "free" NLD as they will not at this time provide an entirely open source version. Those wanting to use strictly open source SUSE Linux can obtain it from OpenSUSE.org but it will lack proprietory software/codecs.

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