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I'm new to the forums here and mostly my Linux experience is with running web servers and I've just recently installed Fedora Core 6 on my desktop after having some issues with SuSE Enterprise 10. Anyways, my total Linux Desktop experience is about 5 months total, just from playing around.
I would like to watch commercial DVDs that I've legally bought from the store on my computer and I've read that Fedora Core has this disabled by default. I've searched around the forums but I don't think I'm doing what has been suggested properly.
Nothing urgent and I'm willing to play around and learn. Any suggestions/tips? Thanks for helping out a Linux newbie!
In the Fedora distro, anything which would conflict with copyright has been removed. As you have found you cannot play commercial DVD's and you will not be able to play mp3s either.
This is done to prevent any legal action due to the licensing fees behind the CSS and MP3 software. Of course there are open source versions available but so as not to get sued, Redhat left all the legally risk stuff out. The joys of living in America
Nah, the only problem is all the studios and artists are all hyped up on their cash sums that they don't bother to think about those who live in the open source world. I really don't see why all the stuff to play MP3's and DVD's has to cost money... If you ask me, that could be considered discrimination in America but I'll leave that topic to the general forum.
Ive heard even Vista Home Basic doesn't play DVD's right out of the box, you have to get some sort of software to play them. Crazy given what that OS costs, some sort of included software should play them.
As for living in America and libdvdcss.. I'll take the minor hassles of dealing with libdvdcss over the rules/laws of many other countries, Australia included.