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    Phoronix: Fluendo Releases Its Own Linux DVD Player

    Fluendo, the company that's largely behind G-Streamer and produces legal audio/video codecs for Linux, has now launched its own DVD player solution for Linux. Fluendo's new DVD player software is, of course, built upon the G-Streamer framework...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NzM2Mg

  • #2
    That's nice to have a legal DVD-Player for linux. But honestly: Who cares? VLC or xine can play dvds since like forever. Yes they have legal issues. But most people don't care about these.

    The interesting thing would be bluray playback. MPlayer and VLC can play ripped Blurays at the moment. But ripping them is a bit of a hassle.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Noneus View Post
      That's nice to have a legal DVD-Player for linux. But honestly: Who cares? VLC or xine can play dvds since like forever. Yes they have legal issues. But most people don't care about these.

      The interesting thing would be bluray playback. MPlayer and VLC can play ripped Blurays at the moment. But ripping them is a bit of a hassle.
      This law should definitely not hold water. Businesses don't want to be the ones to challenge it though, so they do like Canonical and resort to playing nice with the laws and hope someone else does.

      What we need are outraged citizens pushing to get this stupid laws changed.

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      • #4
        I just bought it.

        I like their pricing/support structure.

        The player unfortunately uses 100% of my CPU and the image keeps freezing every couple of seconds. I guess they still have some work to do :-)

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        • #5
          how much money is for the licence and how much for the development effort? thanks.

          very nice that they do it.

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          • #6
            You can look up their website :-)

            It's 20 eur for the player with 1 year updates and then 5 eur for another year of updates. Fairly reasonable, even for me (I'm in a 3rd world country).

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            • #7
              The only reason for a new Linux DVD player would be support for DVDs with special copyprotection, css would be no problem, but bad sector protections in all variants cause standard solutions to fail. LinDVD supports those, no idea if that player does.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Kano View Post
                The only reason for a new Linux DVD player would be support for DVDs with special copyprotection, css would be no problem, but bad sector protections in all variants cause standard solutions to fail. LinDVD supports those, no idea if that player does.
                According to their FAQ on it, the special copy protections are not supported with Fluendo's DVD player.

                Some discs can not play with an error saying something like "Could not read NAV pack..."
                Yes this is a known problem. This can mean different things : the disc is damaged or dirty, the DVD drive lens is damaged or dirty, or the disc uses some special protection tricks to protect from ripping programs.

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                • #9
                  Then don't buy that crap.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Kano View Post
                    Then don't buy that crap.
                    Totally agree.

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                    • #11
                      In all fairness, the next sentence after the one quoted by deanjo says they are working on it and it will be included in the next update.

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                      • #12
                        Well maybe they should have waited with the release then. In order to play those protected dvds you have to rip em first (which works even with wine), then every player can handle it OR you can play em with LinDVD. I usually prefer using kaffeine as it allows for example to add audio filters i. e. for volnorm. DVD menus work with it too, so you gain nothing. The killer feature for it is just missing over free alternatives.

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                        • #13
                          This is probably intended more for OEMs than for end users. For a random person to install presumed-infringing software is no big deal, but if a company like Dell ships unlicensed DVD playback software on Linux PCs, a lawsuit is almost guaranteed.

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                          • #14
                            Then i hope they use the other available player because there are LOTS of new dvds out there which have those bad types of copy protection.
                            Last edited by Kano; 07-03-2009, 01:22 PM.

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                            • #15
                              Can we see the source code for this piece of code?

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