Coffeehouse Thread

6 posts

Forum Read Only

This forum has been made read only by the site admins. No new threads or comments can be added.

WMV/WMA in Linux

Back to Forum: Coffeehouse
  • User profile image
    Jaz

    So MS has licensed it's media formats for streaming in Linux http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20040427005868&newsLang=en from http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=15547.

    Though i don't use linux as i have no need for it (though i'm sure you'll argue that the majority of my activities can be done on linux), I feel that this is a good move and will bring the WMV/WMA format to more consumers who may wish to use it but can't right now.

    any comments?

  • User profile image
    Jaz

    pardon?

    http://www.litexmedia.com/wma_workshop/

    edit:

    btw it's Japan not Europe.  though MS are being looked at by the Japanese authorites too.

  • User profile image
    Manip

    I guess Europe finally gave Microsoft a big enough slap. I don't use either format because I don't like my media locked-in.. thing is, if I have an MP3 and want to move to OGG or something new then no problem.. if I have a WMA file and want to move to anything else then I have few options (and that includes unprotected files!).

    Thing is, everyone is saying DRM this and DRM that... and all these wonderful technologies rely on people being locked in on their own computer. I don't want to play that game.. it is my computer and I don't want some piece of software telling me what I can and can't do with my stuff. Like the X-Box, and Microsoft having a problem with people hacking THEIR own X-Box, like it is some kind of rental property.

    I think the entire open-source thing has been building for a long time, since the first day a company didn't release the source for their product in fact. And although, I am not keen on some of the solutions the open-source community generates I can't argue with the philosophy, it is dam right.

  • User profile image
    jamie

    winmedia on linux..  well that's a good thing.

    winmedia IS a good format for some things - like home video , for the web - its got really good compression and is easy to render to ( in premeire i use)

    ..of course no Premiere in linux..  and probably no soundcard/video drivers.. haha

    KIDDING

  • User profile image
    bitmask

    Thing is, everyone is saying DRM this and DRM that... and all these wonderful technologies rely on people being locked in on their own computer. I don't want to play that game..


    Wow. Next you'll be asking for region free DVDs.

  • User profile image
    Peter

    The news here doesn't seem to be that MS licenced the formats, but that some Linux distro took a license. The WMV9 format was submitted for an open standard last year ( http://weblogs.jupiterresearch.com/msft/archives/001476.html ), and the rival MPEG-4 has even complained that MS is too liberal on the licencing fee ( http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1106-980007.html?tag=nl ).

Conversation locked

This conversation has been locked by the site admins. No new comments can be made.