Fluendo MP3 GStreamer Plugin in Main for Dapper?

John Nilsson john at milsson.nu
Tue Dec 27 23:02:34 GMT 2005

On Tue, 2005-12-27 at 11:00 +0100, Dennis Kaarsemaker wrote:
> 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.

Then maybe there should be a document further explaining exactly what
Ubuntu is committed to and what policies that leads to.

I'm not arguing whether Ubuntu should or should not be a free software
zealot, I fine with anything, but any commitment should be clearly
defined so that anyone faced with taking a decision know what to do.

> 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.

But if one has to decide whether do ditch a software (rhythmbox) because
it's free in favor of including non-free software (fluendo mp3 plug-in)
for the sake of functionality it is crucial to know whether one
prioritizes functionality or freedom.


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