Linux systems are like LEGOs :
they are infinitely customizable
and limited only by a user's imagination.
In all this conversation about whether it's allowable to back-up this, or whetyher the DMCA says you can't copy that, it's important to establish which jurisdiction you are talking about. US "fair use" is not applicable in the EU, nor is the DMCA; and the EU has its own legislation that isn't applicable in the USA. And of course there are many other jurisdictions where discussion of European or US law is utterly irrelevant.
I realise that a lot of this quasi-legal discussion is about US law; but it is not very often precisely stated. Remember, this discussion started off as being about blu-ray technology, not law. And the technology is applicable everywhere, whereas law depends very much on locale.
Incidentally: I don't agree that blu-ray will quickly become irrelevant due to technoogical advances in solid state/flash. The content distribution industries will continue to use disks for a long time, as they are extremely cheap to manufacture and are relatively fragile, thus needing to be replaced fairly frequently. I haven't bought a movie DVD in a long time; but most of my friends and family continue to buy them, rather than download legal pefect digital video files. I can put a movie file onto a flash stick and take it to my brother's house just as easily as carry a DVD. But if the stick should get damaged or lost, I still have the original video file on my computer hard drive. So how is the DVD better? Answer: it isn't better, from my point of view. But from the content distributor's perspective, the disk is much better. So disks will remain the medium of choice for some time to come.
Will this feature be still free for Linux after the official release? MakeMKV seems to indicate it will not be at least for Windows and Mac users:
All features (including Blu-ray decryption and processing) are free during BETA.
I've read several discussions that go the way this one has gone. Here's are my sentiments, all two-cents-worth:
Of course bluray won't be the final stopping point of technology for video. But it is here NOW and is the best available for consumers NOW. Nobody here knows how long it will be around; folks can only speculate. Someone mentioned "within ten years." WITHIN TEN YEARS? Crap. I can get a lot of enjoyment out of my bluray player in ten years. In fact my laptop with bluray very likely won't be viable much longer than 3 or 4 years.
If you don't have a bluray drive or are not interested in playing bluray (at least not on Linux), hey, that's fine. Freedom and all. But some people (like me) are, and those are the people I thought would like to know about the news in my original post.
Speculate all you want about how great or not-great bluray is or how long it will be around. My point is that I can now enjoy watching a bluray movie on Ubuntu while you guys are bantering. (no offense intended)
I'd rather die fighting lions than being trampled by geese.
Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You. - Dr. Seuss
Digital downloads is where technology is heading. Soon your TV itself will be able to get anything availbe to watch. No extra boxes or playback devices, just you and your TV.
How do I know this... I went to CES.
Last night I lay in bed looking up at the stars in the sky and I thought to myself, where the heck is the ceiling.