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NewsForge: The Future of Linux Multimedia

Oct 05, 2004, 11:45 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Knight)

"No, Linux desktops' multimedia capabilities are not on par with Windows'--things are now at the point where Linux is preferable to Windows.

"Today the biggest Linux multimedia projects, like xine and MPlayer, are about to release full 1.0 versions, which means stable and powerful support. One of the net's biggest multimedia companies, Real Networks, has a brand new release of the ever-popular RealPlayer. Sound drivers via Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) are well into 1.0 status, giving us fully functional surround sound and a stable API. As for visuals, The two biggest video card manufacturers, ATI and nVidia, officially support Linux..."

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