Re: Pretty Disappointing
> Judging by this review, DVD players
> under Linux are a pretty lame bunch. All
> the players seem to have more things
> wrong with them than they have right.
Um... Okay, let's review...
ogle: Good, but doesn't have a good full-screen interface and sound is scratchy sometimes, bland interface.
Xine: Good, but doesn't play store-bought DVDs out of the box.
VLC: Good, but doesn't support DVD menus and chapter selection, bland interface.
MPlayer: Okay, no menu support, no chapter selection, not very user friendly.
How does that say they have more things wrong with them than right?
> Why doesn't someone take an already good
> package like Cinelerra
> and build some decent DVD support in?
Probably because Cinelerra isn't designed to be a DVD player, it's a non-linear video editor. That's a much different animal than a fairly straight-forward (And much lighter-weight) DVD player.
> OK, so Cinelerra is more of a editting
> suite than a player, however it's
> probably the best chance Linux has,
> without creating yet another DVD player
> from scratch, which is going to suck
> just as much as the current four.
So you're advocating hacking a DVD player into a video editor and calling it good? I must have read you wrong.
Now, there are reasons for most of these deficiencies. Xine is an American project and they would rather not go to jail for decoding DVDs. MPlayer is run by some people who are, how shall I put this... opinionated. They work on the project for their own reasons and they put in the features they want. I haven't used VLC or ogle in a while because the last time I tried, neither of them would even play movies right.
However Xine (With the decss code provided by someone who should avoid the US for the forseeable future) plays all my DVDs, even the ones I've imported. It plays all the subtitles, all the angles, and all the audio tracks. I'm very happy with it.
History (not) Repeating
I agree with some of the above essay, but not all of it. Yes it would be bad for us to snub everything Windows and we would be less for it. Plenty of OS's that no one can remember had this failing. However, turning Linux into another Windows is not the road to success either. Ask any former OS/2 user how well emulating Windows did them.
No, we should keep an eye on Windows, but not be Windows.