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Linspire’s Binary Decoding Modules

May 28th, 2005 by Multimedia Mike

One of Linspire’s big selling points is that it supports Microsoft Windows Media decoding out of the box. How does it do this? Several colleagues have written and informed me that Linspire has licensed binary decoding modules from Microsoft. Linspire’s packaged distribution comes with such x86/Linux-native shared objects as libwma2.so, libwma3.so, libwmv2.so, libwmv3.so.

So why is this such a big deal? My informants tell me that the binaries are un-strip’d which means that they have a lot of debugging symbols packaged inside. Thanks, Linspire.

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