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Apr 25, 2006, 08:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The multimedia capabilities of the handheld electronic devices we carry has increased over the last few years. Devices such as the iPod and even several cell phones have become music-oozing gadgets for people on the go. While you can copy your favourite MP3s directly into a handheld device, DVDs (if you have the right to copy them) take some effort, due to the fact that the devices have tiny screens and lack the processing power needed for playing high-quality DVDs. HandBrake, designed initially for BeOS and then ported to Linux and Mac OS, helps encode DVDs for your portable device.

"HandBrake under Linux doesn't yet have a graphical user interface and is only accessible from the command line. Although it requires a lot of libraries, you don't have to worry about that. Jam, a software build tool that makes building programs simple, takes care of downloading all the libraries and compiling them. Just make sure you have gcc, g++, and nasm installed..."

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