Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th May 2010 21:48 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Canonical has explained why it has licensed H264. As it turns out, the license does not cover the distribution as a whole - since Ubuntu is entirely Free software, the license cannot be included. Canonical has licensed H264 so that it can offer it as an option to OEMs, just as it does with Flash, Fluendo, and some others. Since this is just an option for OEMs, it does not mean that every pre-installed Ubuntu system comes with the H264 license - it depends on whether or not your OEM decided to include it (good luck finding that out). And people actually promote this complicated spaghetti licensing situation.
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RE[2]: Comment by gnufreex
by nt_jerkface on Fri 7th May 2010 03:25 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by gnufreex"
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You can distribute proprietary and GPL software on the same disc as long as they are separate works.

A GPL program can even have proprietary plug-ins as long as the main program is just calling a binary.

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