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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RE: Comment by emilsedgh
by darknexus on Fri 7th May 2010 14:30 UTC in reply to "Comment by emilsedgh"
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Linux for human beings? Go frak yourself, Canonical. You are yet another company.

Eh? Of course they're another company. Duh. As for the human beings bit, well which would serve the average human being more: A Linux they have to tweak or a Linux that will come working out of the box? If an OEM licenses H.264, people will be able to watch current online videos without tweaking or patent infringing. It's nasty, but sometimes you have to work within the system that's there. Holding too close to ideology will drive people away. Face it, the average person couldn't give a frack about H.264's freedom or lack there of. This is what Canonical, at least, seems to understand that the FSF advocates do not. You cannot talk people to death and expect them to "convert" to your beliefs. They don't care, and they won't care until or unless they are directly affected. Until then, Canonical and OEMs can cover their ass as well as give most people what they want.

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