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README

1@(#)README	6.185 04/01/02
2
3README
4------
5
6Xmcd is a full-featured CD player and ripper utility package including
7xmcd, a CD Player/Ripper for the X window system using the Motif graphical
8user interface; and cda, a command-line driven, text mode CD Player/Ripper
9which also features a curses-based, screen-oriented mode.  Both utilities
10transform your computer's CD or DVD drive into a stereo CD player,
11allowing you to play audio CDs on your computer.  On many platforms
12with capable hardware, these utilities can also perform digital audio
13extraction (DAE) from audio CDs and play the CD digital audio (CDDA)
14stream real-time, save it to file in various compressed and uncompressed
15formats, as well as pipe it to an external program for other processing.
16More than one CDDA operation can even be be done simultaneously on systems
17and peripherals with sufficient performance.
18
19The following is a summary of xmcd/cda documentation files.  Please
20read these before installing and using the software.
21
22Many of these files refer to the XMCDLIB directory, which is the
23directory under which all the xmcd/cda support files are installed.
24This is configured when you install the xmcd package.
25
26The documentation files are located in the docs_d subdirectory in the
27xmcd source code distribution, and are copied to the XMCDLIB/docs
28directory during installation.
29
30README		This file
31INSTALL		Source code compilation and installation instructions (*)
32INSTALL.VMS	Special instructions for the OpenVMS platform (*)
33FEATURES	Software features
34RELNOTES	Important release notes
35PLATFORM	Supported platforms and platform-specific notes
36DRIVES		Supported CD drives and drive-specific notes
37CDDB		Information about the Gracenote CDDB(R) service and its use
38PRIVACY		Gracenote CDDB(R) service privacy statement
39WEB		Xmcd's wwwWarp and other web-related information
40FAQ		Frequently Asked Questions, and answers
41CHANGES		Revision log
42COPYING		GNU General Public License (for xmcd and cda in general) (*)
43PORTING		Porting xmcd to other platforms (*)
44ACKS		Acknowledgements
45
46You can view these files directly, or use the xmcd's help system.
47The files denoted with (*) are included only in the source code
48distribution of xmcd.
49
50After installation, you can use the man(1) or xman(1) command to read
51the on-line manual entry for xmcd(1) and cda(1).  Also, you may also
52view the xmcd man page using the xmcd wwwWarp system on your web browser.
53
54This software is OSI Certified Open Source Software.  OSI Certified is
55a certification mark of the Open Source Initiative.  For information
56about the Open Source Initiative, visit: http://www.opensource.org
57
58This distribution is released under the GNU General Public License.
59Please see the COPYING file for details.  The GNU GPL does not apply
60to the Gracenote CDDB� interface library, nor does it apply to the
61LabelHack widget from John L. Cwikla.
62
63Xmcd and cda uses the LAME encoder software for CD ripping to the MP3
64format.  Similarly, the FAAC encoder software is used for the MPEG-2,
65MPEG-4 AAC and MP4 formats.  Please note that due to patents pertaining
66to the MP3, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 technologies, it may be illegal to
67download and use the LAME and FAAC encoder software without incurring
68licensing royalties in some countries.  MP3 is currently licensed by
69Thomson (http://www.mp3licensing.com), while MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AAC are
70licensed by Via Licensing Corporation (http://www.vialicensing.com),
71a subsidiary of Dolby Laboratories.  It is for this reason that LAME
72and FAAC are not included in xmcd's source code or pre-compiled binary
73kits.  You must download and install them separately in order to enable
74the MP3, AAC and MP4 file formats in xmcd.
75
76Likewise, xmcd and cda uses the Ogg Vorbis and FLAC encoder libraries
77for these respective formats.  However, since these formats are fully
78open, patent-and-royalty-free; the pre-compiled xmcd binary kits from
79the official xmcd web site have the appropriate libraries statically
80linked.  You do not need to download and install these libraries when
81using the xmcd pre-compiled binary kits to get enable these formats.
82
83If you are compiling xmcd from the source code, you must download and
84install the Ogg Vorbis and FLAC library packages.  See the INSTALL file
85for details.
86
87Please refer to the official xmcd "Downloads" web site for links to sites
88that offer source code and pre-compiled binaries of LAME, Ogg Vorbis,
89FLAC and FAAC.
90
91