Philippe Landau wrote:
I presume the list below contains the things you consider difficult in
ubuntu and linux in general?
viewing a DVD
Many (most?) DVD's use a security system that is covered by patents and
other legal protection. This is the reason you can't view them under
windows (using media player) until you have a some dvd playing software
installed. there are legal players available for linux (that you pay
money for) and many of us consider the legality of the whole process is
dubious anyway but unfortunatly to protect cannonical and the ubuntu
project from legal action the software required to run dvd's on your
system can not be supplied on the cd. Google will tell you how to get
dvd playback working.
all of the above are in a similar situation to DVD playback. Although
the tools are available for free (as in beer, meaning they don't cost
any actual money) they are not free (as in speech). The problems you
may be having are due to two small related issues.
or a flash or quicktime movie,
listening to internet radio or tv,
The first is the software might not allow redistribution (or
redistribution rights might be ambigus). This means that ubuntu would
be risking legal action if these tools where supplied.
The second is the codecs (encoders/decoders for the media type) might
have redistribution problems.
Either way if it's possible for linux to playback these files (and for
many types it is) google will be your friend again. One caveat. Some
files require windows dll files to work. This means they won't work on
architectures other than i386. YMMV.
sharing files using p2p,
There are hundreds of linux p2p filesharing tools available. From the
command line 'apt-cache search p2p' or for a particular protocol
'apt-cache search gnutella' will list many choices.
I use gtk-gnutella and bittorrent frequently.
remastering DVDs -
never done this so I am not sure what software is available.
i am still not sure if the linux-experts
do not want to let non-geeks in on the fun
Linux experts would love to get more people involved in the use of free
software. That's what projects like ubuntu are all about. Unfortunatly
there is only so much time in the day so sometimes user friendliness is
pushed aside for more features. Luckily this is becoming a thing of the
past and projects such as ubuntu and gnome are really pushing the ease
of use issue while retaining a powerful system at the core. Hopefully
this will see us all as winners over the coming years.
or if there are still too many problems in the software
so it is not possible to offer it yet ?
in many cases the software is caught up in red tape. It exists but
because of legal issues in countries where software patenting is allowed
it's difficult to distribute the software.
Where the software is lacking a feature you would like to see a good
place is the bug tracking software of the maintainers. It's often
possible to add a wishlist feature request. While many of these are
quickly killed off with 'not a bug' answers many will prompt developers
to update the roadmap ;-) YMMV here but a polite feature request is
normally given a polite answer if you ask in the right place.
kind regards philippe
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