Real to plug Windows media support into Linux

RealNetworks will release open-source software this year that will let Linux computers play Windows Media files. No word on if Real will ever open its own codec unfortunately. This deal is “a result of a licensing deal RealNetworks signed with Microsoft and its settlement of an antitrust suit against the software giant”. It good to see companies actually starting to focus on the codec problems we currently have on desktop Linux, but I'm not sure what this gets us that ffmpeg/libavcodec doesn't already offer. On a related not, Novell is going to ship this in SLED, which is really looking like it may be a popular product at this point.
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