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moviebone: DVD for Linux: An Interview with LSDVD Developers

Oct 20, 1999, 14:23 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alan Blount)

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"Linux falls woefully short of other operating systems in its support for playing DVDs. We interviewed Paul Volcko and Gad Berger, members of the LSDVD group, who with Dave Klint are hard at work developing application support for DVD decoding."

"Moviebone: "What is the scope of the LSDVD project?"

"Paul Volcko: "Well, there will likely be two phases to the first version of LSDVD. The first phase will be released (open sourced most likely) once a DVD decoder card is supported under Linux. This will more than likely just be a GUI that utilizes whatever API(s) the driver/card vendor supplies. The second phase will use that same GUI (perhaps with a few tweaks) but will weave in full software decoding support (MPEG-2, PCM, AC-3, CSS) as well as a custom DVD Navigation API. We have intentions of open sourcing as much as possible of both the first and second phase (once we have initial development done) but will more than likely be bound by some licensing restrictions, since we have every intention of developing and distributing LSDVD as a fully compliant and licensed DVD player application."

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