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Novell and Ximian A demonstration of the next release of Novell's Linux for desktops drew cheers and applause Wednesday, although the final version of the software is not expected for some months. Nat Friedman, the company's vice president of Linux desktop engineering, showed Novell Linux Desktop 10 playing videos and MP3 music files, and exchanging music and photos with an iPod and a digital camera, in a keynote presentation at the Solutions Linux conference and trade show on the outskirts of Paris.
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RE[5]: Novell Shows Off
by AdamW on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 01:58 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Novell Shows Off"
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"Dead wrong. Why do you think the PLF exists? ( ). You want mp3 in free Mandriva, you have to get it from the unofficial PLF."

No, you don't. MP3 _encoding_ (lame, liblame) is in PLF. MP3 _decoding_ is in main. Buy a copy of MDV 2006, take it out of the box, install it, run any music player and open an MP3 file, and it will work. Or download a copy of Mandriva 2006 Free, install it, play an MP3 file, and it will work.

"If there are any free distros that do so already, they do so illegally (in the US anyway)."

That's a rather simplistic way of looking at things. How do you know that the distros in question don't have a private agreement with Fraunhofer? (No, I'm not saying that any distro I know of does. I'm just floating the possibility.)

"Regardless, the software Novell has developed will presumably be made available to be shipped by distros that are free (legally), which will be, despite your beliefs, a new thing."

Novell hasn't developed any software. They're just taking advantage of the new distribution agreement Fluendo got out of Fraunhofer. Nothing Novell specific, no work put into it by Novell.

Edited 2006-02-02 01:59

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