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Old 01-14-2008, 01:30 PM   #1
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LXer: Why Linux Users Should Be Furious At BBC

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Recently the BBC had a bit of a wake up call regarding numbers and how many Linux users were really out there. Why does any of this matter? It has to do with something the BBC provides called the iPlayer.

Old 01-14-2008, 02:27 PM   #2
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Sounds ridiculous, but sadly it is true. And not just BBC - the exact equivalent happens in other countries as well. Today I tried to view new and shiny news broadcast from the BBC equivalent of this country, just to notice that it was broadcasted in a Microsoft-invented-patented-and-restricted format that I had to work a moment for to get it play. Pausing or trying to rewind it one way or the other, or doing anything at all with it other than watching caused the stream to jam. Sounds like a return to the analog television broadcasts, "we say what you watch and don't play tricks there".

In the world where the television should too be moving towards a "better" future, being digitalized, high dension'ed and what not, it's a shame that public companies' public broadcasts for the public can't be viewed without problem, if at all, by anyone not using "the right tools" despite the fact that the person would have a standards-compliant web browser and a mountain of plugins. I'll call this a civilized world only when "public" means "public" and not "Microsoft".

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Old 01-14-2008, 04:20 PM   #3
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Reading this article it is blindingly obvious that the author knows next to nothing about the subject he is writing about.
Old 01-14-2008, 04:26 PM   #4
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The iPlayer does work on Linux, I have used it. Because it uses DRM technology (and not open DRM) Linux users can't download programs. This guy should be more miffed at the Channel 4 player (4od) which doesn't work at all on Linux.
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I use the BBC website quite often and there are some changes with their iPlayer, but, if you have a flash plugin and real player installed it's still usable.


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