Fluendo announce Media Center for Linux
Fluendo, maker of codecs and players for licensed formats such as MP3 and MPEG2, has announced Fluendo Media Center, a €40 package which integrates the company's DVD player for Linux and other codecs into a single product that offers a legally licensed, albeit proprietary, media playback application for Linux users. Media Center video playback supports DVD, WMV, MPEG2, H.264 and MPEG4 formats, while the audio playback supports WMA, MP3 and AAC. Media Center features include play lists and Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. The package also includes photo support with slide shows, previews and album management.
Fluendo employs several of the GStreamer developers and uses the GStreamer open source multimedia framework within its products. GStreamer allows the Media Center to automatically detect media types. It can automatically detect media on a network and play it back over Samba, UPnP or DAAP and supports MMS streaming.
The package has support for remote controls and touch screens. The Fluendo Media Center is available for 32bit and 64 bit x86 Linux systems with RPM packages for Fedora, SUSE and Mandriva, DEB packages for Ubuntu and Debian and "generic" packages for other Linux platforms and requires a system with a minimum of 1GHZ processor, at least 512MB of RAM, X Windows and OpenGL 1.3 support.