MachineOfTheMonth: Entertainment Software Series: DVD players for Linux and Video CD RecordingSep 29, 2001, 15:32 (8 Talkback[s])
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[ Thanks to Glenn Mullikin for this link. ] Entertainment Software Series: DVD players for Linux
"I used a 1.2 Ghz Athlon with 1 GB of RAM with an inexpensive DVD drive that cost me maybe $30. So yes, MPEG2 decryption was going to be performed in software but with a machine like this, that would not be a problem, and it wasn't a problem with all of the software I tested. The quality probably doesn't equal a standalone dvd player because there are sometimes some artifacts and sometimes the screen blanks out with one of the players and the monitor seems to think it lost a video signal but on the whole, the quality of video is acceptable. Sometimes the screen will freeze with one of the players and stay that way for a few seconds and then all of a sudden the video and audio start playing again. No, it's not perfect but we're getting close.
"Having fun is a key to investigating all the things you can do with linux. Pick the things that you are interested in, and go for it. When I first got started in Linux, one of the first things that I did was go and purchase a Hauppage WinTV card. Why did I do that? Because I wanted to be able to watch tv on my linux box, even if couldn't watch dvds. Of course, dvd support is here now but watching tv on your computer is a given. It's definitely fun to fire up xawtv and watch the news or watch whatever. We'll take a look at how you can get started watching tv on your linux box - and it shouldn't cost you more than $50.
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