Restricted modules in Ubuntu
holtzm at cox.net
Wed Jan 14 22:38:01 UTC 2009
On Wed, 14 Jan 2009, Ray Parrish wrote:
>>> I am not American; I am not in America; I never plan to live in
>>> America. Nice place for a holiday, wouldn't want to live there. Yet as
>>> far as I know, I have to jump through hoops installing this stuff
>>> because they can't be included by /United States/ laws. These do not
>>> apply to me.
>> US law has nothing to do with this. As far as I can see, many of the
>> packages in ubuntu-restricted-extras are perfectly fine to use in the
>> US. Obvious examples from your original post are flash and java.
>> These packages are not installed by default because they are not free
>> software. Excluding non-free software by default is a choice that
>> Ubuntu has made of its own accord, not because of legal restrictions.
>> I gather from what you've said in your post that you may disagree with
>> that choice, and if so, you probably want to run a different operating
>> system. But blaming it on US law is misplaced.
> So... if flash and java aren't free, when do I have to pay for them? I'm
> using both on my Ubuntu install, and so far no one has asked me for any
> money. 8-)
Read up on the open source philosophy, especially the difference between
free as in free lunch and free as in free speech.
The bestowal of an academic degree in any discipline does not necessarily
mean the recipient knows his/her ass from a hole in the ground.
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