Linked by David Adams on Tue 27th Jul 2010 07:35 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Linux Some people hate the idea of adding proprietary software to their desktop Linux. For these people, there are Linux distributions such as gNewSense that use only free software. For the rest of us, who use distributions such as Fedora, openSUSE and Ubuntu, there are times we either want to, or feel forced to, add proprietary programs such as Adobe Flash or Skype or the ability to play proprietary audio and video formats such as MP3 or commercial DVDs to your Linux desktop. Here's how to do it.
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D'oh!
by marcp on Tue 27th Jul 2010 08:49 UTC
marcp
Member since:
2007-11-23

Well, actually you are *not* forced to do it. Even more: by doing it you are helping them grow strong and de facto a standard for the masses.
Not using it = not supporting it.
Flash can be played without Adobe Plugin [mplayerplug-in for FX], and there are numerous apps for video conferencing, not only Skype ...

Personally I don't use it because I simply don't trust it. Adobe and Skype had many security and privacy issues in the past and they [Adobe Inc. and Skype] are still showing me that they actually don't care about users security.

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RE: D'oh!
by Kivada on Tue 27th Jul 2010 10:20 in reply to "D'oh!"
Kivada Member since:
2010-07-07

Install the support for it anyways or you'll never get the marketshare to justify the content creators switching formats.

You have to have the better format BEFORE the proprietary one comes along to have a snowball's chance in hell at getting general acceptance of an open format. So far the "better open format" has always come up late to the party causing guys like you to endlessly bemoan that nobody is using the open format.

With what had been learned from Theora, VP8, Dirac, Flac and Vorbis the community should have thr groundwork to start on the next generation video codec that will be used for whatever they decide to use for 3D broadcast TV or the next BluRay. If you don't beat MPEG-LA out of the door you'll never get accepted.

So write the next codec and get it working on everything everywhere, don't stop till it runs on your breakfast cereal.

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RE[2]: D'oh!
by Rahul on Tue 27th Jul 2010 12:25 in reply to "RE: D'oh!"
Rahul Member since:
2005-07-06

That frames the debate as purely technical but it is not. Vorbis is undeniably superior to MP3 but MP3 is still very popular. Open formats were not always late to the party either. If a so called superior format is patent encumbered, it presents more than just a technical challenge. It is also a debate about who has control and the political implications of that. Google doesn't want MPEGLA in charge and has spend millions now buying up VP8 and opening it up as WebM.

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