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
by Zifre on Fri 30th Jul 2010 00:38 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Mplayer plugin"
Zifre
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So it's still non-free.

No, there is a difference. Because otherwise, no software would be free. The patent system has run amok, and every piece of software you have ever used is bound to be covered by dozens of patents. So if x264 is not free, then Linux, GNOME, KDE, GLibC, Firefox, OpenOffice.org, etc. are not free either. The only difference is that x264's patents happen to be more well known, which could even be an advantage in some cases.

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