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Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm View Post

I've used MakeMKV to decode and stream to VLC...but it is a pain compared to just tossing a disk in and having it start playing. Plus MakeMKV costs like $50 (I used a trial) and buying software on Linux just feels wrong.

http://www.makemkv.com/forum2/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=1053

Been that way for a while, will continue to be that way for a while :|


And buying software in Linux doesn't feel wrong. Many things in Linux can be bought. And really, in most cases, it's really only donating to help out the project you love and use.
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http://www.makemkv.com/forum2/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=1053

Been that way for a while, will continue to be that way for a while :|


And buying software in Linux doesn't feel wrong. Many things in Linux can be bought. And really, in most cases, it's really only donating to help out the project you love and use.

Heh yeah I know, I've bought a lot of software on Linux actually. Just not for watching movies. Though I don't put a lot of priority on that. The Windows option was better for me because the large majority of the time it will not be me starting the movie and no one else will know what to do.

I don't understand why no one has stepped up and made a nice Blueray player on Linux...I mean it will not be free no matter what because they will need to pay for the blueray licensing so there will never be a free open source player for it, but I'd buy it in a heart beat if one was available.
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Heh yeah I know, I've bought a lot of software on Linux actually. Just not for watching movies. Though I don't put a lot of priority on that. The Windows option was better for me because the large majority of the time it will not be me starting the movie and no one else will know what to do.

I don't understand why no one has stepped up and made a nice Blueray player on Linux...I mean it will not be free no matter what because they will need to pay for the blueray licensing so there will never be a free open source player for it, but I'd buy it in a heart beat if one was available.

On the player front I thought it was because the key holders(that whatever it's called association) have this view that Linux is where hackers will figure out the keys faster or some other stupid view; also...considering the hostility to closed sourced code I can't say any company is feeling inclined to port yet because if they get the keys they'd have to make a closed sourced program (IIRC) in order to avoid the keys being open for the public. It seems there's a lot of stupid rules or catches that prevent a bluray playing program in Linux. Then again...I won't pay for a Windows one after PowerDVD's little crap. I paid for a bluray player and playing program that came with it and the program worked only for about 2 years and became extremely picky about working with blurays newer than 2009. Hollywood and their stupidity can pack sand as far as I'm concerned. I'll follow other legal methods to enjoy the movies I paid for. Just wish there was a Bandcamp like website for movies. People need to discard and reject the vestigial things that are out of touch. /rant
     
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MPEG is sponsored by apple and ms (amongst others) so this is why you don't see MPEG based formats on linux first.
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If I have to pay for a program, how much would I be looking at?

I can always grab a $30-$50 cheap blu-ray player, plus it has to be something the wife can do.
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apparently DVDFab works in wine?

makemkv has linux? Man, I need a BD player.
Edited by mushroomboy - 5/25/13 at 9:23pm
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If I have to pay for a program, how much would I be looking at?

I can always grab a $30-$50 cheap blu-ray player, plus it has to be something the wife can do.

I should also mention that even on windows I think I'd recommend a stand-alone Blueray player. The software to play bluerays is just garbage. The best out there is probably PowerDVD, but version 12 didn't even have mouse support and the sound was never played right. They are on version 13 now which I have not bought and I doubt I will. I am running a trial of something called iDeer and the sound is 100 times better and has mouse support (and skips right to the root menu)...but some times there is a lag or freeze in the play back...though I am still playing with it. It isn't something I can reliably reproduce so I am not sure what is causing it. The bill for any blueray player software is going to run you at least $50 I believe and it is all junk that I have seen. You can catch the software sales some times for $30 though.
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apparently DVDFab works in wine?

makemkv has linux? Man, I need a BD player.

I think MakeMKV actually started on Linux though I am not sure. I've tried DVDfab in WINE and it seemed to work OK, but I don't think you want to use that for playback. The newest upgrade did make it better at that though.
Heh, if it weren't BlueRay I doubt I'd have an optical drive in any of the PCs around my house.
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if the wife has to work it, just get a 2nd hand ps3 for cheap ( around here they're about $100 ).
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if the wife has to work it, just get a 2nd hand ps3 for cheap ( around here they're about $100 ).

Bluray players are dead cheap these days. There's no need to buy a second hand console (plus Sony are anti consumers anyway)
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Bluray players are dead cheap these days. There's no need to buy a second hand console (plus Sony are anti consumers anyway)

I'd agree if the goal is simply to make bluray playing possible for someone without tech savy then a normal standalone BDPlayer is best. If however the OP can get the blurays ripped onto a hard drive then something with XBMC would make a really nice HD HTPC.
     
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