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Eyes On The Prize

October 3rd, 2005 by Multimedia Mike

I find it useful to reaffirm my core goal in this whole multimedia hacking adventure. I started out with this goal back in 2000 and it has not changed:

I want one multimedia player that:

  • can play any multimedia format I throw at it
  • is simple to install and use (simple and consistent graphical user interface)
  • runs under Linux
  • is free
  • is open source

Whenever I evaluate the state of multimedia support on Linux, I use the metric described above. Is it a difficult goal? Certainly. Is it possible? Absolutely. There are problems, but none could be described as insurmountable.

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