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[News] MSBBC Surrenders to GNU/Linux, DRM on the Ropes

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Ubuntu Brings the BBC to Linux

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| The saga is still unfolding, and DRM technologies are still stuck on being 
| invasive, intrusive, shoddy, and ineffective. Who designs these things? Are 
| the bright developers being foiled by PHBs? Or are the smart developers all 
| busy doing other things, and the only ones left are the janitors? Who are 
| plenty intelligent, but not hip to coding. Or maybe they are hip to coding 
| and making DRM sucky on purpose. At any rate it is lame that in this glorious 
| year 2008 of the 21st century, we are still hearing the same stupid excuses 
| about why non-Windows users don't matter.        


Research on BBC content for GNU/Linux

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| We then worked with Canonical and their software partners Collabra to deliver 
| this feed to the Totem media player, and Gstreamer multimedia platform, to 
| display available content in a simple, browsable window using a free software 
| plugin, where the feed is updated using the Internet, when the user starts 
| the player.    


They were supposed to go with standards.


Dirac 1.0.0 Released

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| Dirac is an advanced royalty-free video compression format designed for a
| wide range of uses, from delivering low-resolution web content to
| broadcasting HD and beyond, to near-lossless studio editing. The v1.0.0
| version was released yesterday, and the new VLC version supports playback
| of .ts/.drc Dirac files.


Worlds first high performance Dirac video codec implementation available

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| Thanks to collaboration with the Xiph.org foundation there is an official
| mapping for putting Dirac video into the Ogg container format underway, and
| the Schrödinger project also hosts a proposal for mapping Dirac into the
| popular MPEG-TS container format, which is currently being considered for
| certification by the MPEG working group. We expect to see and provide
| mappings for a lot more container formats in due course.      

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