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So I'm getting ready to build a HTPC (I have the hardware) but I'm unsure if Linux supports Blu-ray playback. I'm unfamiliar with Linux but it is attractive as its free vs $100 for a copy of Windows 7. I'm planning to use the HTPC for watching DL videos and Blu-rays (also surfing the net from the couch on the big screen).
post #2 of 4
Can be done. A bit cumbersome. Problem is that DRM on Bluray prevents the use of open source software. So you need to rip it and decrypt it, then you can play it.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RestrictedFormats/BluRayAndHDDVD
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it's possible, but a pain. if you're not familiar with Linux, I would discourage trying to do Linux+Blu-ray playback. You're much better off (at this point in time at least) going the Windows route, but you may also need to buy blu-ray playback software; not sure that would be included with Windows.

On the other hand, if you can do your blu-ray playback on other devices (PS3, blu-ray player, etc.), then you can use Linux on your HTPC to do just about anything else (dvd playback, almost all digital media formats, etc.) except Netflix? (but that might be changing soon).
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If you're dead set on Linux bluray then you might have to cough up 50 and buy MakeMKV (they make a linux version). Then throw XBMC on there and enjoy...I do recommend nvidia for ease of hardware.
     
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