I created a DVD from some home movies that I have, then figured to play them on my Suse box. To my surprise (as I had not tried this before) is that Kaffeine or any Xine based player cannot play most DVDs. The explanation from the Suse website:
You want to use movie player applications under SuSE Linux.
Movie player applications on SuSE Linux are unable to play a number of movie file formats, especially movie DVDs. Due to patented codecs and copy protection, SuSE is not allowed to deliver full-featured movie players with the distribution.
The xine lib package is especially affected. It is missing some plug-ins, so all xine-based players (like kaffeine, totem or noatun) are also unable to play these media.
Please do not write bug reports to these projects when you are unable to play files, because this is not a bug, but a legal requirement and neither the authors nor SuSE have a chance to fix this.
Unfortunately there is, to our knowledge, no legal DVD player for Linux currently sold by anyone.
So what are my choices at this point other than just play them under Windows?
I booted into Xandros 3.0 which has the actual Xine player installed. It was able to play the DVD just fine. Anyone have a clue why then Suse (Novell) would have the odd, innacurate post on their website?