ZFS & Libdvdcss Should Soon Be In Debian

Written by Michael Larabel in Debian on 16 April 2015 at 12:06 PM EDT. 32 Comments
For Debian GNU/Linux users wishing to have ZFS file-system support and libdvdcss (for DVD playback) without having to use third-party package archives, that should soon be a reality.

Neil McGovern was this month elected the 2015 Debian Project Leader. Lucas Nussbaum, the former Debian Project Leader for the past two years, today posted his final remarks as the DPL. His final message went over his accomplishments as the leader of this popular distribution and he ended with talking about the ZFS and libdvdcss packages soon in Debian.

Lucas wrote, "We received legal advice from Software Freedom Law Center about the inclusion of libdvdcss and ZFS in Debian, which should unblock the situation in both cases and enable us to ship them in Debian soon."

With now being cleared by the SFLC for including the legal-iffy libdvdcss and ZFS packages within the Debian package repository, they should "soon" be shipping them in Debian. This is great news for Debian multimedia users and those wanting to enjoy the new features to ZFS On Linux without resorting to third-party archives.

If you want the support right now, there is the Deb-Multimedia.org project. ZFS packages that work on Debian with DKMS can be found via ZFSOnLinux.org.
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