"The story goes that DeCSS, the software which allowed the
supposedly-secure DVD (digital versatile disc) to be hacked and its
files copied to computer hard drives, was created by Linux
enthusiasts because there was no way to play their DVD movies on
Linux computers, as their colleagues were able to do in Windows.
But, starting early next year, Linux users will have a
fully-licensed, legal DVD player for Linux, according to
"After working with graphics card and Linux vendors for the last
8 to 9 months, Intervideo's LinDVD, the platform's first legal
software DVD player will soon be available, said Joe Monastiero,
the senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing at
Intervideo. However, the product will not initially be available in
a retail version, he added."
"According to Monastiero, Intervideo is initially focusing
on selling the software to manufacturers of embedded Linux devices,
such as home entertainment equipment, rather than to consumers
because the "consumer electronics and convergence space is much
more interesting" in terms of market size. However, later in
the first quarter of 2001, consumers can expect to see a retail
version of the software available on Intervideo's Web site for
$29.95. Monastiero also said that the company has held discussions
with major Linux vendors like Red Hat, SuSe, Caldera Systems, and
Corel about bundling the software."
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