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The issue of Software Patent has been around for a while, but unless you really have the time and drive to try to understand all that is involved you will be left like most of us, just wondering. The guys at Patent Absurdity have made a great documentary about this issue.
Patent Absurdity explores the case of software patents and the history of judicial activism that led to their rise, and the harm being done to software developers and the wider economy. The film is based on a series of interviews conducted during the Supreme Court’s review of in re Bilski — a case that could have profound implications for the patenting of software. (extracted)
The whole documentary was made with free software.
- Cinelerra for video editing
- Audacity for audio editing
- Inkscape, Python and Blender for animation
- Ogg Theora and Ogg Vorbis codecs
- Edited on GNU/Linux machines
Full DVD support on Linux is an old issue. It has to do with the Linux distros not being shipped with the w32codecs and the libdvdcss2, for legal reasons in some countries. The users must then download and install them by themselves with no clear guidance.
Here are the simple steps for installing these libraries under Debian based distributions.
The GUI Route: (CLI users forgive me but if there’s a GUI, users diserve a choice.)
1 – Download the w32codecs
2 – Download the libdvdcss2
3 – Double click on the packages, one at a time and use the Package Installer to install them quickly and painless
The CLI (Command Line Interface) route
wget -c http://www.debian-multimedia.org/pool/main/w/w32codecs/w32codecs_20071007-0.1_i386.deb
sudo dpkg -i w32codecs_20071007-0.1_i386.deb
wget -c http://www.debian-multimedia.org/pool/main/libd/libdvdcss/libdvdcss2_1.2.9-0.0_i386.deb
sudo dpkg -i libdvdcss2_1.2.9-0.0_i386.deb
See this relared post about OpenSuse and SLED10