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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 thebluesgnr on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 02:17 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Novell Shows Off"
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"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.) "

They don't have an agreement if they're using libmad, which is licensed under the GPL. From the GPL:
"Finally, any free program is threatened constantly by software patents. We wish to avoid the danger that redistributors of a free program will individually obtain patent licenses, in effect making the
program proprietary. To prevent this, we have made it clear that any patent must be licensed for everyone's free use or not licensed at all."

"Novell hasn't developed any software. "

Novell wrote a music player (Banshee) that can shipped with the patented codec from Fluendo. Rhythmbox, Amarok and other GPL players can't. (edit: Novell is not using the fluendo gstreamer plugin at all, so please ignore this).

Edited 2006-02-02 02:19

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