Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 6th Apr 2008 21:00 UTC
Linux From Linux Mint's About page: "Linux Mint's purpose is to produce an elegant, up to date and comfortable GNU/Linux desktop distribution." To reach this goal, lead developer and founder Clement Lefebvre used (surprisingly) Ubuntu as the base, and added multimedia codecs to the distribution, by default. Later on, Mint deviated more from Ubuntu by adding its own artwork, web-based package front-end, and configuration tools (MintTools) to the mix. I installed the latest stable release, Daryna (4.0), released on 15 October of last year, to see what's what.
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I wonder why they did not included ...
by autumnlover on Mon 7th Apr 2008 02:07 UTC
autumnlover
Member since:
2007-04-12

... nvidia closed-source drivers (and ATI equivalent of it) on CD. It is somehow ... unclear to me that they put common proprietary codecs and not essential graphic card drivers?

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

I believe that the Nvidia license specifically disallows redistribution, whereas the codecs are more of a gray area. At any rate, restricted drivers manager deals with the situation nicely.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

I believe that the Nvidia license specifically disallows redistribution, whereas the codecs are more of a gray area. At any rate, restricted drivers manager deals with the situation nicely.


This page:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_media_players
has a list of media players, many of which are free.

I can get codecs for free by downloading any of the free media players (Windows or not) on this list.

Most of those players do not require that I have any sort of contract or license with Microsoft in order for me to be eligible to download them, just like any other person who does have Windows.

Therefore, codecs are not a gray area at all. They are offered to anyone at all for free download quite openly.

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