Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th May 2010 21:48 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Canonical has explained why it has licensed H264. As it turns out, the license does not cover the distribution as a whole - since Ubuntu is entirely Free software, the license cannot be included. Canonical has licensed H264 so that it can offer it as an option to OEMs, just as it does with Flash, Fluendo, and some others. Since this is just an option for OEMs, it does not mean that every pre-installed Ubuntu system comes with the H264 license - it depends on whether or not your OEM decided to include it (good luck finding that out). And people actually promote this complicated spaghetti licensing situation.
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Where is the....
by strcpy on Fri 7th May 2010 09:05 UTC
strcpy
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2009-05-20

Where is the Linux's people's army?

You know, those who have kicked and screamed about The Evil Apple all this time, defended The One True Freedom and Freedomz Codecs.

Must be disappointing. But of course it is the nature of Freedom that you are Free to twist the words so that Ubuntu is still Freedom although it is not quite Freedom and Free. We must reevaluate subclause 3.1812.3 in the third Freedom Clause of the Freedom License.

Edited 2010-05-07 09:06 UTC

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