Spitfire_x86

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The best part about technology is when one side produces a fix to their "problem" , our side releases a crack to fix our problem.
[-peep-] microsoft, for their luck they better hope i don't decide to go the programming route. ;)

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Kelledin

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Well, in this case, things might turn out "OK." According to the article, one of the conditions of getting VC-9 accepted was that MSFT had to open up the technology. I'm not certain exactly how much they had to "open" it, though--if MSFT is still able to charge royalties for the technology's use even on free software, it's going to make things difficult for GPL'd players like xine and mplayer.

Just remember, it took years to get a usable open-source DVD player, due to the CSS encryption algorithm and the legal cloud over DeCSS. The situation here is a little different--CSS was a trade secret, VC-9 is publicly patented technology--but the effect could be the same.

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