Codec metapackages?

Cory K. coryisatm at
Mon Jul 7 15:54:16 BST 2008

Luis de Bethencourt wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 7, 2008 at 2:42 PM, Cory K. <coryisatm at> wrote:
>> I'm wondering if we should go through the trouble of creating to
>> metapackages for A/V codecs? The obvious free and nonfree.
>> They would include any audio *and* video codec that fits into either
>> category. "Free" could ship on the disks.
>> Thoughts?
>> -Cory \m/
> Codecs are in a legal void I am not very clear about. I would need
> somebody to clarify me how does Ubuntu and Canonical deal with sharing
> codecs that don't explicitely permit this in their license uses. Maybe
> having a metapackage of so in an official project as Ubuntu Studio is
> a lawyer no no.
> Luis

I shoulda mentioned this. Maybe just split the 2 based on archive.
free=Universe, nonfree=Multiverse. That way, we should be clear. And the
lists that actually make up the metas is up for debate. I'm more just
wondering about the validity of the idea.

-Cory \m/

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