Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Mar 2007 22:24 UTC, submitted by david
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "The Ubuntu developers are moving very quickly to bring you the absolute latest and greatest software the Open Source Community has to offer. This is the Ubuntu 7.04 Beta and it comes packed with a whole host of excellent new features including the released GNOME 2.18, the 2.6.20 kernel and much more. Ubuntu 7.04 is the most user-friendly Ubuntu to date and includes a ground-breaking Windows migration assistant, excellent wireless networking support and improved multimedia support."
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Soulbender
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2005-08-18

"I can get some of those (without having any permission from Microsoft) from any of the sources listed here"

Right, but you are STILL not legally allowed to (re)distribute them. This is not about getting the codecs on your system, it's about Ubuntu distributing them which is something they can not legally do in most cases.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

{ Right, but you are STILL not legally allowed to (re)distribute them. This is not about getting the codecs on your system, it's about Ubuntu distributing them which is something they can not legally do in most cases. }

Half right. You are correct in saying that Ubuntu can't legally distribute some Win32 codecs to users in some countries (OK, just the US) because of the draconian laws there.

But you are not correct in saying "This is not about getting the codecs on your system, it's about Ubuntu distributing them" because the original post that kicked off this discussion in fact said this:

"I was wondering if Ubuntu 7.04 will somehow find a legal way to use Win32 Codecs?"

... which is clearly all about a legal way to use the Win32 codecs on Ubuntu. There is a legal way, which is ... don't get them from Ubuntu, get them instead from a source that is legally allowed to distribute them and then just use them on Ubuntu.

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