The kind folks at Ubuntu Community Docs have posted detailed instructions (via Digg) on what you need to do in order to play premium HD movie discs through Linux using a compatible disc drive and the appropriate “fair use” software. They do warn readers, however, that patent and copyright laws operate differently depending on which country you are in, and that you should seek legal advice before proceeding. Okay, so with that understood, all you really need to do is install the UDF 2.5 files system, get a hold of BackupHDDVD C++ (decrypts both Blu-Ray and HD DVD discs), and the latest MPlayer or VLC media player. At this point it’s not an elegant solution, but they’re getting there. Soon, I’m sure, it will be as easy as just dropping in the disc.
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