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Digital media gets 'real' on Linux desktops
Jun. 28, 2004

Seattle-based media company RealNetworks is staking its claim on the Linux desktop. Novell and Red Hat said today that they will ship RealPlayer 10 in Linux desktops when it becomes available later this summer. Sun and TurboLinux previously have said they would use RealPlayer as their default mediaplayer in their Linux-based desktop offerings.

RealPlayer 10 for Linux supports media playback for RealNetworks’ own RealAudio and RealVideo formats, as well as open standards-based Ogg Vorbis and Theora codecs. It is built on top of the open source Helix Player and is being developed within the Helix Community.

As part of today’s announcement, Novell said it will be contributing resources to help qualify RealPlayer on its Linux desktop.

GNOME Foundation executive director Tim Ney said, "Working together, Real and Novell will enable users of the GNOME Desktop Environment to enjoy premium content on the Web such as corporate, enterprise, educational, governmental content, as well as all the great movies, sports, news, music, and content available on the Web through RealPlayer for Linux or the Helix Player."

RealPlayer 10 includes support for a range of both open source and commercial components including MP3, Flash, and other popular media formats. RealPlayer 10 for Linux and the open source Helix Player can be downloaded here. The Helix Player will be available under the GPL, and RealNetworks encourages the further development of its media offerings.

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