It appears as if it will not be free software. One of the developers of the product, on the LiViD developer mailing list, wrote "the hardware register spec and software library is 'classified' and under control of another department." The developer has tried to convince them "several times" to free it, but has not met with success.
Linux isn't friendly to binary-only drivers. The kernel structures can change without notice. There is also the fact that not everyone is using an x86 machine. Unfortunately, if InterVideo and SiS don't understand this and free their driver source, then ultimately it will only be used by a segment of the potential GNU/Linux users. Their strategy is not optimal for the GNU/Linux market. As such, in a time they may look back and, based on sales, decide GNU/Linux users really don't want DVD as a whole -- which is just plain wrong. We want DVD. We also want freedom.
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