Just saw a post from Mark that DVD Playback is now shipping on Dell Ubuntu machines. That is very exciting news. Hopefully it will ease the adoption of Ubuntu into the mainstream.
From Mark’s post
Multimedia and DVD are often cited as the biggest things missing from the typical consumer’s expectations of a “fully working system”. Ideally, we could deliver a great multimedia experience in a free software stack but the US patent landscape makes that impossible, so for the moment this requires proprietary software. My hope is that the content industry will realise that DRM and playback restrictions are harmful to their own interests, and that EMI’s decision to sell MP3’s leads to a broader movement away from restrictive technologies.
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