[conspire] Ubuntu RestrictedFormats pages

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Tue Jan 16 10:59:41 PST 2007

Quoting Daniel Gimpelevich (daniel at gimpelevich.san-francisco.ca.us):

> I don't remember mentioning it, but it is always a rather informative
> _reference_. The page by itself does not actually do anything; talk is
> cheap.

As a writer of documentation, I'm wounded by this.  ;->  _Good_ talk is

> As you subtly hint at below, there is a set of w32codecs for PowerPC, that
> is obviously less complete than its i386 counterpart; however, nobody has
> packaged that set for Ubuntu TMK.

I've not even tried, frankly.

> The only reason RealPlayer 10 for PowerPC Linux is not on
> their downloads page is that it's based on the open-source Helix Player,
> even the open-source form of which refuses to work on PowerPC. Crap code
> is not limited to proprietary software.

Especially when that open source code _is_ proprietary crap that's been
hastily stripped of third-party components and merely hurled out the

> I think that of all the .swf's I tried with gnash, only one worked, and
> only partially.

Just my luck that all the ads seem to work fine.  ;->

> I think it's also worth mentioning here that neither Windows Media Player
> 10 nor 11 files will ever play on OS X. Those versions do not introduce
> anything codec-wise, only DRM.

I'm prepared to believe you, about no new codecs, but where would I see
that documented?

> Pedanticity time: According to the CodeWeavers booth at MacWorld,
> "CrossOver Office" no longer exists.

Well, if you care, you might want to note that (the "CrossOver Office" 
to "CrossOver Linux" renaming) on the Ubuntu RestrictedFormats page.
It's a wiki, after all.

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