Linked by David Adams on Tue 27th Jul 2010 07:35 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Linux Some people hate the idea of adding proprietary software to their desktop Linux. For these people, there are Linux distributions such as gNewSense that use only free software. For the rest of us, who use distributions such as Fedora, openSUSE and Ubuntu, there are times we either want to, or feel forced to, add proprietary programs such as Adobe Flash or Skype or the ability to play proprietary audio and video formats such as MP3 or commercial DVDs to your Linux desktop. Here's how to do it.
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RE[3]: Mplayer plugin - "algorithms"
by jabbotts on Thu 29th Jul 2010 16:51 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Mplayer plugin"
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By definition, algorithms are mathematic formula which is supposed to be un-patentable in a rational patent system. I'd say there's more than a little grey area to work within. I believe there is also some grey area which allows users to choose to download the codec though the distro may not be able to distribute it directly (hence, those non-free opt-in repositories). Last, I own a windows license including the license for the codec; shouldn't I be able to use that codec on my preferred software platform?

In the end, I'm just glad to live in a country with a more rational patent/copyright system though your government is trying to impose it's brain-damage on the rest of the world still.

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