MPlayer audio subsystem
Has anyone thought of creating an audio player using the dll linker from MPlayer (so that we can play WMA encoded files). Would there be additional hurdles (like encryption)?
Not saying that .wma files are great, but it would complete support for the big three of lossy audio (with ogg and mp3).
Do it Better
The whole secret of Linux from day one has been overcoming challenges with solutions which improve on the original. The kernel came about because Linus wanted to have a pc unix that didn't cost much. In the end, it resulted in an improvement on Minix (and, in some cases, UNIX in general - depending on who you talk to). There are lots of other examples of terrific work done on the Linux platform which improves on the original. mySQL is definitely better than the Micro$oft product, LessTif made great strides at replacing Motif, and WINE is getting better and better day after day.
So when you are looking at improving portability between a machine running Microsoft Office and Linux, however you are doing it, you simply plan on improving on the original.
Heaven knows, it couldn't be hard.