Is Ubuntu commited to free software?

John King kingj.linuxmlsts at
Thu Jun 10 00:06:09 UTC 2010

Once again, the issue is basically that the Mp3 format is patented, nothing else really that I know of.

Travis Beaty <twbeaty at> wrote:

>Hmm.  This confuses me, then.  Because I know it was a problem at one
>point, at least with SuSE.  I had to get different packages from plf in
>order to play them.
>- Travis.
>On Wed, 2010-06-09 at 19:25 -0400, Martin Owens wrote:
>> 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.
>> Martin,
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