Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Oct 2007 14:18 UTC, submitted by AdamW
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris The GNOME version of Mandriva Linux 2008 One has been released and is now available via BitTorrent or from the mirror sites. Featuring all the same new features as the other editions of Mandriva Linux 2008, with a fully up-to-date GNOME 2.20 desktop. In addition, another review of Mandriva 2008.
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RE[6]: Fonts look like crap
by thebluesgnr on Tue 16th Oct 2007 18:47 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Fonts look like crap"
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Patents. I don't understand why the other distros believe they can enable it without patent problems.

For the same reasons they believe they can ship their distribution without problems.

Take a look at Novell and Red Hat, and what they're being sued for. If you start thinking about patents too much you should simply quit distributing a complete software distribution such as Mandriva.

So it comes down to this: who owns the font-rendering related patents? Are they actually valid patents? Is it likely that freetype infringes them? And the most important question: what are the chances that they owners will sue you?

Looking from that angle, I would ship freetype, NTFS, .doc support and SMB with no fear. I'd be more careful with MP3 and other media related stuff though...

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