[ubuntu-za] DRM and software licensing (was Brainstorm on ideas to get Ubuntu to areas without internet)

Raoul Snyman raoul.snyman at saturnlaboratories.co.za
Wed Sep 8 08:03:16 BST 2010

On Wed, 08 Sep 2010 08:56:08 +0200, Robin Bownes wrote:
> Why does the Ubuntu installation image not automatically install the
> necessary bits for playing DVDs, MP3s and the like? These are probably a
> couple of the most commonly used features on modern home (& possibly
> work) computers, and yet they are not part of the basic installation. I
> completely fail to see how this encourages the general public to use
> Ubuntu.

Because the law says they're not allowed to distribute that stuff without
paying a license fee for *every copy*.

Raoul Snyman, B.Tech IT (Software Engineering)
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