Fluendo MP3 GStreamer Plugin in Main for Dapper?

Dennis Kaarsemaker dennis at kaarsemaker.net
Tue Dec 27 10:00:52 GMT 2005

On di, 2005-12-27 at 05:36 +0100, John Nilsson wrote:
> On Mon, 2005-12-26 at 11:29 +0100, Dennis Kaarsemaker wrote:
> > On ma, 2005-12-26 at 01:20 +0100, John Nilsson wrote:
> > 
> > > This is against the Ubuntu philosophy either way. Free means GPL
> > > compatible. 
> > 
> > That is SO not true...
> Quote from http://www.ubuntulinux.org:
>         Ubuntu is entirely committed to the principles of free software
>         development.
> I take it that "free software" is the same as defined here:
> http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html

There are more definitions of free, which is an endless debate we should
not iterate here.

> I don't think there is anything is that text to support my argument that
> "free == GPL compatible" and its even further falsified by this list:
> http://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.html#GPLIncompatibleLicenses
> I take that it back. I was wrong.
> The first part still holds true though as the plug-in certainly does not
> fall under the definition of free software or it's principles.

It is indeed still not completely free (as far as I understand it ubuntu
users are still not allowed to modify the source provided by Ubuntu and
distribute that source or the resulting binaries).

It is however the best license so far for an mp3 codec since it actually
makes it legal for Ubuntu to provide the mp3 codec this and might make
this gstreamer plugin a candidate for restricted.
Dennis K.
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