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Illegal Codecs Put Me Off Linux

Jul 19, 2007, 20:00 (30 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes)

"OK, I'll be honest with you, the more I use Linux, the more I'm warming to it. In fact, the more exposure I have to the latest Ubuntu distro (7.04, Feisty Fawn) the more I want to integrate it into my existing ecosystem of PCs. I'm especially interested in rolling out Ubuntu onto older PCs and notebooks where installing Windows will put too much of a strain on the hardware. But there's one aspect of Ubuntu, and Linux in general for that matter, that's putting me off. This is the fact that to play a DVD or use WMA/WMV files I have to install codecs that are technically illegal to use.

"Linux has a number of really strong points that go beyond the price (reliability, ease of use and low hardware requirements to name but a few), but the operating system falls short when it comes to legally supporting file formats such as MP3, WMA/WMV and DVDs. It's not that you don't have support for these formats available, it's that adding support means entering into some really shady legal territory..."

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