Idea: Restricted Formats in Examples?

Alec Wright alecjw at
Sat Feb 24 08:34:50 UTC 2007

In the examples folder (which there is a symlink to in ~/Examples),
there are some useful example files for trying stuff out, demonstrating
Ubuntu capabilities in several ways such as videos, music, images etc.
However, the multimedia files are all in free formats. I think that it
would be a good idea to have examples in a variety of non-free formats
too, such as MP3, AAC, WMA etc, so that you can test Ubuntu's ability to
play these non-free formats (once you have installed the appropriate
gstreamer on xine plugins). But this would be useless on the LiveCD, as
no-one would install gstreamer plugins on the LiveCD, so it would only
be useful in the installed system. There would also need to be a readme
file saying something like "These files are in non-free formats, which
cannot be played in a default Ubuntu install for legal reasons.  To
install the appropriate plugins, add the universe and multiverse
repositories and do the command sudo aptitude install blah blah blah"

What do you guys think of this idea? Are there any legal issues related
with shipping MP3 files with Ubuntu?

Alec Wright

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