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Open-Source Blu-ray Decryption Library For Linux

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Published on 02 January 2014 03:56 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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Some days ago there was an update released to VideoLAN's libbluray Blu-ray library that began supporting BD-J Java and other new functionality. Making news now is another but separate open-source Blu-ray news.

The libbdplus library has been released today that's designed to decrypt the Blu-ray disc DRM. This has been an effort of several years.

Playing back a Blu-ray disc on Linux is still a difficult process (and legally questionable depending upon your location). The steps involved require installing Libbluray, libaacs, and libbdplus. VLC, MPlayer, or XBMC must be installed as the multi-media front-ends. A Blu-ray multimedia database key must also be installed on the system.

The libbdplus code was recently published via its VideoLAN.org project page while the news we were tipped off today comes from this French blog.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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