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LinuxPlanet: Helix Player Needs More Cooking Time

Mar 08, 2004, 23:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kurt Wall)

"I've never really been satisfied with the slate of streaming media players for Linux. I'm thinking specifically of the one from RealNetworks. Okay, to get down to cases, I think Real Player for Linux sucks.

"The proprietary codecs pose problems of their own, but it is the player that really sent me over the edge. The interface is plain, albeit functional; performance is, well, lackluster (my grandmother was slow, but she was old); the audio and video quality compare unfavorably to the equivalent offering for other platforms; and support is worse than hit or miss.

"I've spent the past few days with Helix Player for Linux, and my opinion of the Real technology, repackaged as Helix DNA, has changed. Read on to see why..."

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