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Feb 05, 2009, 18:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Katherine Noyes)

""It would be kind of cool to explain which applications these programs are supposed to replace, but in general this is impractical because the Open Source equivalents are missing major pieces of the feature set," Slashdot blogger drinkypoo told LinuxInsider. "The most likely feature to be missing is an interface that makes sense to human beings."

"Drinkypoo took exception to several of the article's suggestions. For example, Handbrake -- not Acidrip -- is the best program for making video files from DVDs, he asserted. "XBMC, which originated on the Xbox, IS however an excellent media center," he added.

"On a higher level, though, the list is not just "fundamentally confusing (if not simply wrong)" -- it also "doesn't really tell us anything about whether these programs are a worthy equivalent to anything," drinkypoo charged."

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