[ubuntu-uk] BBC and open formats??

Pete Ryland pdr at pdr.cx
Fri Nov 3 11:57:29 GMT 2006

On 03/11/06, tim matthews <tim at tui.co.uk> wrote:
> well .. I've done this before.
> While living in Holland, I set up an ogg stream for Radio 1 from the
> NOS. Like the BBC, the NOS is a total Microsoft shop.

I'm sorry, this is bunk.  The BBC is not a total Microsoft shop.  They
are doing *lots* of stuff with Linux and other Open Source/Free
Software.  One of theirs even did a talk at GLLUG recently!  The
problem with the streams is that from their point of view, they are
covering the whole market because you can download (proprietary)
codecs/players for Real and WMA for any operating system.  In their
mind, we have made an operating system choice of "Linux" rather than a
more fundamental choice of "Free Software".  They are a business after
all, so the powers that be are likely not to approve spending
resources just to satisfy some "bunch of hippies and their demands".


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