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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[6]: Novell Shows Off
by miguel on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 02:12 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Novell Shows Off"
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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.

Well, we do not use the fantastic fluendo work, because our work predates the Fluendo announcement, we worked together with Real to get this functionality into the product.

Now, that is only one part of the equation. The other part of the equation has to do with the "host" for the player. Most "host" software is GPL, which means that you are not allowed to redistribute a GPL piece of software if you can not redistribute also the rights to the patent to play back the MP3 (because MP3 is patented).

So although there are lots of great "hosts" (or players), the problem is that the license is in direct contradiction with the GPL.

Our new player (Banshee) is licensed under the terms of the MIT X11 license, which means that we can link with code that has patents without infringing any licenses.

Everyone distributing GPL players with the MP3 patents are doing so without transfering the rights to the end user of the patents, and hence invalidate the GPL permission to use the software.

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