ubuntu-ca Digest, Vol 8, Issue 5

Holiday eholiday at gmail.com
Tue Nov 8 09:21:40 UTC 2005

Not sure if this is getting to the list or not. I apologize if I've

I don't think we should be pushing Ubuntu until the multimedia problems are
worked out. If I have to dual boot play DVDs, why should I bother with Linux
at all.

I use Linux becausae I like tinkering with it, but there are times when I
just want to-say- watch a DVD, and for that I have to boot into windows. Or
get a Mac.

I have Ubuntu on three machines and have done the multimedia Ubuntu guide
steps and still I can not play DVDs. And I've been using Linux for years.

There's always something wrong. To watch a DVD, I have to go to the one
machine with a Windows partition. I hate doing it, but I bet that most
people would just rather stick with Windows.

That's what we're up against. Yes, Yes Yes I know there are problems, legal
problems, but people don't encounter those legal problems when they play
DVDs on their Windows or Mac machines. And we can explain all we want, we
can make all the very legitimate excuses about why it is so difficult, but
it doesn't change the fact. That playing a DVD on Ubuntu requires a
lifestyle change.

So we're going out there telling everyone what a great OS it is, and it
is,it truly is, but then they're going to pop in that DVD and our
credibility is going to disappear faster than the XP logo comes up .

The really sad thing is that the only thing that can fix it is the Supreme
Court, and they're not about to rule in favor of a bunch of geeks (who just
happen to actually own DVDs they're not allowed to play) over a consortium
of very determined billionaires.

What's it going to take?

On 11/7/05, Kush Singh <be_a_sport at rogers.com> wrote:
> Hi Lino,
> I couldn't agree with you more.
> Regards,
> Kussh
> Lino Martin Ramirez wrote:
> >Hi All,
> >
> >I guess that we need to push harder in promoting Ubuntu. I just
> >started using it, by the way. Other than problems with my wireless
> >card everything else is working fine. So, I also have very high hopes
> >for this Distribution.
> >
> >About Canada, we have to figure out a way of convincing people that
> >Linux (and Ubuntu in particular) is a valid alternative to Windows.
> >The other day, I was talking with one classmate (I am going to the
> >University of Alberta). He was saying that he do not use Linux because
> >it is too hard for him to use. Moreover, he thinks that because there
> >are many versions (he meant distributions) available, it is hard for a
> >person to decide which one to use and whether they are compatible...
> >
> >Well, the moral of the story is that we have to work hard to make it
> >usable for a 2 year old so nobody can complaint.
> >
> >Moreover, we have to make our politicians aware that switching to and
> >promoting Open Source software is necessary to:
> >* save in operating cost (so the government Canada do not have to pay
> >huge amounts of $ in proprietary software)
> >* promote small businesses dedicated to develop and support open
> >source development (creating jobs)
> >* stay competitive in the global market (China uses Linux and Latin
> >America is following closely)
> >
> >Well, I have to go. But I will certainly continue with the thread some
> >time later
> >
> >Lino
> >
> >
> >
> >
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