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Linux Version of Democracy Player Released 111

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the tune-in-turn-up dept.
clahey writes "The Participatory Culture Foundation just released Democracy Player 0.8.2 for Linux, the first beta version for Linux. It's a free software internet TV client with built in support for both RSS video podcasts and downloading using BitTorrent. It can even scrape web pages for videos. It's an excellent way to find great internet video. For example, once you've installed Democracy, make sure to check out The Postal Service - Such Great Heights on the Telemusicvision channel."
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Linux Version of Democracy Player Released

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  • by CarpetShark (865376) on Thursday April 27, 2006 @08:07PM (#15217722)
    I don't know if I'd call this advertising. Democracy Player *seems* to be a non-commercial project. The code is open, and the development model is relatively open too. I'm not quite convinced of their openness and intentions though, since their channel guide seems to be closed. If it remains closed, it's a way for them to lock-in customers, AND producers, by building up a large database of media that no one else can put into their own products. More importantly, the channel guide URL can't be changed in the software, so users can't set it to an independent channel guide that they might prefer. They have a lot of work on their plates right now though, so I'll give them a little more time to sort this all out before I judge them too harshly :)
  • by FellowConspirator (882908) on Friday April 28, 2006 @08:41AM (#15220322)
    It seems as though proposed legislation would mandate some pretty nasty DRM be incorporated into broadcast streams. If that be the case, I suppose Democracy and the very idea of Participatory Culture will be finished in the USA.

    I was wondering how long it would be before our representatives finally outlawed Democracy. Apparently, the day is at hand.

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