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Linux.com: Get Thoggen, and Leave Your DVDs at Home

Mar 30, 2006, 09:15 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Willis)

"Thoggen is a new DVD ripper/backup-tool for Linux that encodes video into the free Ogg Theora format. Unlike its rivals, Thoggen is easy to use, and its built-in support for the Theora codec instead of the patent-restricted MPEG-4 and derivatives makes it worth looking at.

"On its surface, Thoggen is a DVD backup and extraction tool (i.e., 'ripper'). You use it to make a copy of the video titles on your DVD, either because you worry about damaging frequently played discs, because watching compressed video from the hard disk is faster and less power-hungry than watching it from a DVD drive, or perhaps because you simply need portability..."

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