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Tom - why are DVD formats different from OSes?

by punterjoe / September 12, 2007 10:15 PM PDT

You seem to be all for open source, and all thing GNU & 'nix (which I applaud), but you seem to have totally opposite views on HD-optical formats. One disc to rule them all? It certainly makes things easier. Every title runs on every player. Sounds like Bill Gates' dream.
I'm just trying to understand why the liberating anarchy of open source is good for operating systems & such, but undesirable in disc formats?
I for one welcome China's new Patent-Free Disc format (they should call it the PFDVD). Although I'll bet NTP has a patent tucked away somewhere on optical discs, or the geometric shape "round", or discs with a center hole or something of the sort. Wink

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For one thing,
by minimalist / September 12, 2007 11:08 PM PDT

OS's can be changed. DVD formats can't.

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Can't change formats, but can accomodate multis
by punterjoe / September 13, 2007 10:25 PM PDT
In reply to: For one thing,

Once their legal depts gave the OK, the engineers went ahead & made DVD +/- drives that accomodated both formats. There have been tentative moves to do the same with BluRay & HD-DVD. It seems that it all comes down to licensing patent portfolios & not any serious technical issues. I'm not really advocating a format free-for-all, but I find it a bit depressing that everyone is fighting to be THE victor - which will crush their competition & more importantly leave a lot of burned consumers with a useless piece of hardware, since the only way into this game is to pick a side & hope you chose well.
That's why I'm sitting this out. I have enough failed formats & players sitting around my house. IMHO, any money saved to buy a next-gen disc player would be better spent on NAS. A storage array will still be useful when the 'format wars' are over. ...if they ever end.

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Patent Free?
by Zombie Bender / September 13, 2007 12:30 AM PDT

China made the new format to get around licensing fees of foriegn formats. I doubt they don't have a patent for it and will charge the same fees to other countries that wanted to uses it.

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An OS is a platform.
by navsimpson / September 13, 2007 1:07 AM PDT

So, if you want to run Firefox to surf the web, you can do so regardless of whether you're running OSX, Vista/XP or Linux. You can even run multiple OS's on the same PC. HD discs require you to go out an buy an individual piece of hardware for each piece of software, i.e. Blu-Ray for Disney films, HD-DVD for Universal etc.

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One Kernel - Many Distros
by acedtect / September 13, 2007 6:50 AM PDT

I'm for all kinds of deviation form a standard. But as I love IEEE 1394 and 802.11 I also would like to have a standard for HD optical storage. You feel me?

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Unix is not Linux
by Nicholas Buenk / September 13, 2007 5:08 PM PDT

Don't forget that Linux isn't the only choice. There's BSD. Or OpenSolaris. Wink

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Having a single standard is good
by Nicholas Buenk / September 13, 2007 5:18 PM PDT

It's what Unix is. Unix program can run on any variation of Unix be it GNU/Linux, BSD, Solaris, Darwin or whatever. Unix is a standard that defines the API of the system.
A single standard can be implemented in multiple ways. But having a single standard allows interoperability. Open source picked Unix because it's a clearly defined open standard.... and what you are saying about open source being against a single standard is quite untrue.

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