HP Dumps Linux for XP for new media device

Honestly, this shouldn't come as a surprise, but HP dumped Linux in favor of XP for a new media device they're preparing for market. Honestly I don't blame them in the least for making this decision. Playing media on Linux is a real pain nowadays. Media codecs are all proprietary, and very few, if any, are licensed for Linux. Also, DRM is a very big concern for content producers, so using Linux would mean figuring out how to hamstring the device to deny users the ability to use their media. Heck, Linux media is all about taking Windows codecs and using them through software anyway. What a licensing hassle! I think HP is better served in not doing the research to try and straighten out the media concerns of Linux. After all, it's better to have a marginalized product than to have a marginalized product that advances a community with proper codec licensing.


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