RealNetworks Helix player wins Best Open Source Project Award

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RealNetworks announced that the Helix Player,
the first commercial grade, open source and multi-format digital media player,
has been awarded top honors by the LinuxWorld Product Excellence…

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Correct me if i’m wrong but isn’t “Helix” player “DRM”

Jef195… Yes, it has DRM. So what? You aren’t forced to use it. However, in case you don’t know, even Ogg has DRM available for Vorbis and anything else that gets put into the ogg container. So DRM being available isn’t a problem as long as you don’t use it. (And as long as you aren’t Microsoft forcing it onto people.) The real ‘problem’ with Helix is that the codecs aren’t open (only binaries are available) and the rather severe licensing terms to access anything related to the open source Helix stuff.

I find this stupid, there are plenty of other open source projects that deserve this more. I mean I hear a lot about this Helix thing, but I’ve never actually seen anything useful come out of it. All I see if more spam when you use that realplayer thing. Why not award ‘Mediaplayer Classic’? That’s actually something you can use.