Oh mighty Gaz’Hakk, accept this offering!

From irc:

[Zorr] Maybe you guys might be able to tell me why the fuck I can’t seem to get xine to play a DVD?
[jsr] Zorr: Buy a mac.
[jsr] Zorr: Hope this helps.
[Zorr] jsr: diaf
[Zorr] Fuck Macs…
[Zorr] Overpriced… and overrated
[jsr] Zorr: Myep.
[jsr] And yet, I can play a DVD on mine.
[jsr] I’m just sayin’
[jsr] Is all.
[Zorr] Then maybe you might be able to tell me how to get VDPAU working with mplayer then alhazred?

I love this sort of conversation, and I must admit that the people I tend to have it with are almost always linux desktop users.

No-one should, on any kind of modern operating system, have to ask this sort of shit, to perform a function so intrinsically boring to the end user as playing a fucking DVD. This sort of thing is why linux is still hobbyist desktop stuff.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, I use linux literally every day, both personally and professionally. It’s super sweet. For server stuff. And Ubuntu, at least, is a big step forward for the UI and for ease of use. But seriously, to play a DVD on my macbook, I put in the DVD and it plays. I don’t need to ask anyone about how to get VDPAU working with mplayer, or how to reconfigure my com ports, or what colour chicken to sacrifice to the serpent demon Gaz’Hakk, while a gibbous moon hangs overhead like unto the focussed eye of an angry god.

This sort of problem is usually caused by driver-y issues, and as such my comments here don’t include specific unix desktop environments crafted for a select hardware set. That can be made pretty solid. Just ask Apple.

11 thoughts on “Oh mighty Gaz’Hakk, accept this offering!

      1. He’s onto us! He knows TOO MUCH. Activate the Melbourne clones, tell them that we are in condition HELVETICA, and ensure that they dispose of kai_loi’s remains. We don’t want another situation like Prague last year.


      2. “You are” memory is crap? We’re you at uni with us? 😉

        I have some photos that are pretty close… admit-ably _early_ uni JSR is a lot svelter than that.. but late university JSR isn’t that far off..


  1. I use a hobby OS called Windows and it has exactly this kind of problem. I put in a DVD and it starts going on about zones. When that was sorted the audio wouldn’t work. Fix the codecs and some other software stops working.

    Macs seem more appealing all the time. ‘Cept for the games.


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