Digital Media: The open source Achilles heal or new cash crop?

Posted by odat on Oct 14, 2010 7:47 AM EDT; By Ronnie Whisler
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So while I'm a big Linux fan and tell others about its benefits, if anyone ever comes to my house to watch something thats on-line they will see Windows computer on my TV. So what does this mean? Eventual doom through media? Not if the big names in open source do whats necessary to close this new digital media gap among computer users.

Recently Canonical/Ubuntu opened up their new music store, providing legal music downloads in much the same manner as Apple’s iTunes offers. Now, even though iTunes does offer movies and television shows. It is no where near the deal Netflix offers for 9 dollars a month. So if Mark Shuttleworth is actually looking to make and keep Canonical/Ubuntu well and profitable there couldn’t be much of a better opportunity than to create a Netflix like service for Linux users. They wouldn’t really need the ability to send actual DVDs to consumers homes; just online streaming of digital media.

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