Is Ubuntu commited to free software?

Martin Owens doctormo at
Thu Jun 10 00:23:35 UTC 2010

On Wed, 2010-06-09 at 18:30 -0500, Travis Beaty 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.

The problem is patents, i.e. people who didn't write the code, who have
nothing to do with it telling the people who did write the code that
they can't use it, distribute it etc. It's pretty silly and needs to go
away, but that's a legal thing.

Anyway, if you see a patent problem it's got nothing to do with closed


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