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Tucows Linux News: ATI offers graphics accelerated video playback for Linux. Finally DVD!!

Mar 03, 2000, 00:30 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Devin M. Ash)

"ATI recently announced the release of a developer's kit to support video hardware decoding for Linux on their Rage 128 and Rage 128 Pro chips. The new Linux VHA Kit adds hardware support for high quality video (such as MPEG, MPEG2 and DVD) to Linux, and software support for the iDCT and motion compensation video acceleration of the ATI RAGE 128[tm]-based accelerators. Loki is already working to incorporate ATI's VHA Software Development Kit into SMPEG, allowing the addition of high-quality MPEG playback into thier games. ATI says that this announcement confirms ATI's pursuit to become 'the Linux community's Number One graphics vendor'. If they keep this up, it wouldn't surprise me."

"What does all this mean to a Norwegian kid who's in a lot of trouble over DVD? Maybe if he had waited a couple months he could've just helped develop apps with ATI's kit, rather than battle in court. Some people think ATI wouldn't have released this if he hadn't wrote DeCSS. But, realisticly, it takes some time to develop things like this, I'd bet ATI's had this up thier sleeve for some time."

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