Linux never ceases to amaze me.
WOW!! I'm completely surprised. I thought it would be cool to watch DVD's on my LinuxBox, so I geared myself up for another big project.
I have an old Compaq DVD Rom from like '97 or so. I could never get it to work in windowsXP. So, I cleared my evening in order to experiment with RH9. After compiling mplayer for the most part of a wknd a while back, I wasn't really looking forward to doing it again. So, I slapped in the DVD-ROM, made a symlink to /dev/dvd, slid in "The Wall", pushed DVD on mplayer and OMG!! it played!! I swear it was that easy. No codec issues, no re-compiling, nothing. I couldn't believe it. I'm so dag-gone happy!
This is the first of what will hopefully be many things that I can do in Linux that I can't do in windows. I reallly want to thank you guys. Especially those of you who spend your free time in here to help turn the clue-less newb into a zombie fraggin', DVD watchin' penguin junkie!! I LOVE IT!!!