Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 26th Apr 2007 20:35 UTC, submitted by Valour
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris "After making a lot of progress with Mandriva Linux 2007, I thought perhaps Mandriva had turned over a new leaf, and was using that release as a starting point for an overall better quality operating environment. I was totally wrong. Both the PowerPack Edition and Discovery/LX have slid so far back with version 2007.1 that I have serious doubts as to the future of Mandriva's viability as a commercial desktop operating system." Read more at SoftwareInReview.
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RE[3]: Interesting
by segedunum on Fri 27th Apr 2007 00:22 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Interesting"
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I want the peace of mind that comes with running legal Linux software in the United States. Technically, any other way is illegal in the USA and several other countries.

Given that the vast majority of the functionality of the software you are talking about is allegedly covered by patents which have not been legally tested or proven in any shape or form, this is a massive step of the imagination.

if basic things like watching DVDs or listening/watching to music/video in WMA/V, MPEG2, etc. formats cannot be or arn't done legally?

Assuming that what is being done now is illegal is a big stretch.

Patent lawsuits could follow and affect users.

That would be unlikely. Lawsuits against users would be messy, expensive and unenforceable, and it would mean that the basis for them would need to be proved.

It could get very ugly fast if Linux was in any dominate position on the desktop.

There is simply no way of avoiding that, and by then it would be too late anyway. If someone cannot write some software that is free of any question marks on it being freely distributable then it needs to be faced head on. Shying away from it will not help desktop Linux.

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