Linux distributors Novell and Red Hat announced that their future distributions would include Real Networks' RealPlayer and Helix Player. Real will also begin distributing the Helix Player under the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL). The GPL license will be offered as an alternative to the previous license schemes -- RealNetworks Public Source License and RealNetworks Community Source License.
Real and Helix Players will probably prove popular especially among users who prefer a familiar GUI, and are satisfied with the software bundled in the distribution. Others may prefer to use other open source players available, such as Xine, MPlayer, and Video Lan Client (VLC), which offer a much wider variety of codec support.