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: Comment by emilsedgh
by moondevil on Fri 7th May 2010 20:40 UTC in reply to "Comment by emilsedgh"
moondevil
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2005-07-08

Yeah, this in the end is what will kill Linux.

There are quite some technologies that due to patents and IP issues will never have a legal open source version most likely.

If you pay attention all OEMs that are bundling Linux, they always provide some closed source drivers for their hardware, or licensed components like some codecs.

In the end it will become impossible, from the legal point of view, to have a complete open source Linux installation.

I fear that in the long run multimedia and mobiles will kill Linux. ;)

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