Is Ubuntu commited to free software?

Martin Owens doctormo at
Wed Jun 9 23:25:16 UTC 2010

On Wed, 2010-06-09 at 16:59 -0500, Travis Beaty wrote:
> Now then.  Having been involved in the Linux society and culture, I
> understand why closed-source software is shunned.  However, I also see
> that, at this juncture, it is often necessary to make things work.
> Right now, I've got a wireless driver and a graphics driver that are
> proprietary.  I know this because the Device Manager told me.  I also
> have the restricted extras package installed. 

But Mp3 playback isn't closed source, it's not a problem because it's
licensed under the LGPL. You can play back MP3s and still be completely
free as in speech... patents aren't copyright, the owners of the code
actually want you to use these things as open source.


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