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[2]: Comment by emilsedgh
by emilsedgh on Fri 7th May 2010 15:42 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by emilsedgh"
emilsedgh
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Users dont need any 'tweaking' to get the thing working. Ubuntu has done a very nice job of providing a simple 'yes/no' dialog to make it work easily without any tweak.

Also, im talking about the fact that this is a very sensible time on the theora and h264 issue. Companies like Canonical, Red Hat, Mozilla and such are expected to take some FOSS'ish side. Products they are selling is the result of uncountable work from community members and volunteers. They cant do whatever they want like their propertiary competeitors; because their competeitors have paid for every piece of work on their products.

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