xine and dvd license
Posted Oct 16, 2003 2:14 UTC (Thu) by elanthis
Parent article: A Review of LindowsOS 4.0
"even inserting an unencrypted DVD promptly directs the user toward purchasing a Lindows DVD player - a commercial edition of xine with a license for DVD decoding, although even a plain xine would play the DVD just fine."
"Normal Xine", with some external plugins, can play DVDs, but not *legally* (in the US and some other countries, anyways). Say what you will about how dumb that is, if you intentionally buy a DVD, you are agreeing that you don't mind the license requirements (if you *do* mind, then you shouldn't be buying DVDs!), and you thus should follow the (admittedly infuriating) laws and only use a licensed decoder.
Not to mention that using a non-licensed decoder *could* get you in trouble if the MPAA starts pulling RIAA moves, so having a licensed decodor would be a plus.
But, for the price of Lindows, a DVD player should come standard; $50 versions of Windows and $60 hardware decoders can manage to include the license fee well enough.
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