If you're new to Linux, one of the first things you're likely to do is pop in a commercial DVD and attempt to play it. You'll find that, just like Windows, unless you install a legal DVD player on your Linux system, you won't be able to play the disc's content.
Here in the U.S., circumventing DVD playback is in violation of the DCMA. and Windows and Mac have legalmethods to bring DVD playback to their desktops. this is something Linux has worked towards for the past few years.
So, I like many others, was excited to hear the good news! Kiowa Linux has legal DVD playback! Kiowa founder Mathew Portner made the following announcement on the Kiowa Linux forums:
"We are pleased to announce legal DVD playback for Kiowa! We have made available LinDVD to be purchased through our new site. Till then, if anyone wants to purchase a license before the new site is live we can surely make it available. Just PM (private message) me. The license fee will be $29.95 per unit and comes with 1 year LinDVD support Via Kiowa support Help desk (coming soon!)...and the forums still of course! LinDVD for Kiowa how exciting! Works very well and has been fully tested."
And I can attest to the last statement. LinDVD is a rock solid, stable DVD player that plays wonderfully well on Kiowa. It's a fantastic, full featured DVD player with such features as time compression playback (speed up the video while maintaining the audio's proper pitch), bookmarks, step frame, full audio support (dolby Surround, 5.1, etc.), full screen playback, parental controls, and much, much more!
If you've ever used WinDVD, LinDVD is very similar, easy to use, but runs on a much more stable platform, Kiowa Linux!
So, if you were worried about Linux and legal DVD playback, worry no more. Get Kiowa Linux, LinDVD, and sit back and enjoy the show!