Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Oct 2006 20:50 UTC, submitted by Stuart Langridge
Linux In the latest episode of LugRadio, Eric S. Raymond suggests that the Linux community need to start integrating more proprietary software in order to get market share. ESR points to proprietary multimedia codecs as an example of somewhere where Linux distributions should step away from free-software rhetoric in order to get more users, with the aim of bringing those users back to open source later on and to gain more influence with manufacturers and music/movie/media distributors to make Linux a properly supported platform.
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Portable closed-source codecs
by timosa on Tue 24th Oct 2006 07:19 UTC
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What are most valued merits of open source? Portability, stability, security, and inspectability at least. If closed-source codecs were written in a language that uses virtual machine (like Java) then at least portability and security could be easily reached. And how big problem is stability with such small pieces of software like codecs?

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