Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Jun 2007 16:04 UTC, submitted by davidiwharper
Linspire Linspire has announced an agreement to license voice-enabled instant messaging, Windows Media 10 codecs, and TrueType font technologies from Microsoft for its Linux distribution. Additionally, Microsoft will offer protection to Linspire customers against possible violations of Microsoft patents by Linux.
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RE[2]: Mixed news
by iamkmaniam on Thu 14th Jun 2007 23:31 UTC in reply to "RE: Mixed news"
iamkmaniam
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2007-06-04

In some parts of the world this is illegal. Playing DVD's , MP3 on a linux machine is against the law, when you use flash and java you agree to their terms during the install. Big companies Redhat etc. will not allow propriatary software unless they they have a legal contract to do so.

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RE[3]: Mixed news
by tryfan on Sat 16th Jun 2007 08:28 in reply to "RE[2]: Mixed news"
tryfan Member since:
2006-12-16

Playing MP3's is not illegal - Fraunhofer has explicitly stated stated that the will not stop regular user from using the decoder.
The encoder is different, though.

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