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KDE to Get New Multimedia Architecture

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Playback of audio and video files, but also Internet telephony and video conferencing are applications typically executed on home PCs. For upcoming versions of KDE – a desktop environment widely used on Linux PCs – these tasks will be provided by an updated and fundamentally extended multimedia architecture, called Phonon.

Besides different other technologies, a new software for enabling networking among multimedia devices will be used. The so called "Network-Integrated Multimedia Middleware" (NMM) will provide fundamental multimedia services for KDE.

In addition, the integration of the NMM technology into KDE will enable completely new application scenarios, such as simultaneous audio and video presentations on all systems connected to the network – conveniently controlled by a single and central desktop application.

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