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NewsForge: IBM's new Linux ThinkPad offers DVD playback

Apr 18, 2001, 22:02 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Berkes)

"IBM this week eliminated the Linux multimedia gap with the release of the T22 ThinkPad. Big Blue's latest offering is the first commercially available Linux computer with the ability to play back DVDs.

"There is no love lost between the communities of Open Source and the Motion Picture Association of America, especially since the MPAA hauled a Web site operator into court for merely linking to a few lines of code that bypassed the DVD location restriction features. The court decided that DVD's not-so-secret workings were protected by copyright."

"Using existing Open Source solutions to provide DVD playback under Linux was out of the question for IBM. The challenge for Big Blue's mobile computing division was to create a solution that could preserve the copy protection essential to avoiding an MPAA lawsuit."

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