Michael M. nixlists at
Sat Apr 1 23:05:09 UTC 2006

mrwolff wrote:
> The one thing I never got about this stuff is why one of the large 
> corporations, for example IBM, doesn't just throw down a very large one 
> time sum of money to buy the rights to whatever they need to make it 
> free.  Especially since it is in the best interest of those companies to 
> promote and spread Linux.  If the cost is too great, what about a 
> partnership with a few other companies who extensively use Linux like 
> Novell, etc?  You might say the cost of doing that is too great, but I 
> haven't even heard of any of the corporations trying.  The same I think 
> could be done with other formats.

Why would they do that?  What's in it for IBM, or Novell?

The commercial distros already pay for the licenses -- if you buy 
Linspire, SuSE, Xandros, Mandriva, etc., you get MP3 support out of the 
box.  That's kind of a selling point.  So why would they shell out to 
help free (as in beer) distros that they are competing with?

"No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions 
of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to 
dream."  --S. Jackson

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