[ubuntu-studio-devel] What should be included by default in Trusty?

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net
Thu Feb 13 19:55:13 UTC 2014

On Thu, 2014-02-13 at 14:47 -0500, lukefromdc at hushmail.com wrote:
> Writers of applications should be discouraged from using patented anything that they 
> could reasonably have avoided, and doubly discouraged from using non-free 
> licenses. I agree with distros refusing to distribute software that voluntariliy uses
> patented algorithms or non-free licenses. After all, the "interoperability" defense seen
> with codecs does not apply in such cases. 
> If authors of code get the idea that a restrictive license bars them from every distro's
> repos and limits them to PPA's, that is a powerful inducement to remove patented 
> routines and release under a free license.
> Codec patents, however, we have no choice but to fight, as free codecs too often can't
> be played by pay operating systems whose users may be the target audience of videos
> and audio files. Also the owners of codec all remember how the patent FUD over .gif
> killed the format and nobody wants to be next in line for that.

Full acknowledgment :), with the restriction :p, that I understand the
LinuxSampler's illegal GPL restriction and I like it ;D, but I don't
care about all that patented codecs, I don't need them and I have not
much respect to people who need them. Are codecs heroin?

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