Linked by V. Deseinture on Fri 29th Jul 2011 20:50 UTC
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris Unlike Apple and Microsoft, and despite numerous demands from their users, Linux distributions have been traditionally unable to directly ship the popular Adobe Flash Player with their packages, due to the closed source nature of the software and the restrictive license chosen by Adobe. While it does seems shorter than a regular EULA made by Microsoft with all the legalese that goes with it, it does still restrict redistribution in most cases, and the FAQ seemed to be clear about that point.
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by filosofem on Mon 1st Aug 2011 06:23 UTC in reply to "..."
filosofem
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2010-05-05

Linux Mint does not only install Flash but also various proprietary codecs by default. I'm not sure how legal it is or how they get away with it, but I figured I'd end up having to install the codecs anyway, so as long as LMDE maintains compatibility with Debian Testing, I'm cool.

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by Neolander on Mon 1st Aug 2011 09:31 in reply to "RE: ..."
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2010-03-08

Mint's mirrors are probably located in a place of the world where it's legal to redistribute flash player and non-free codecs with linux distros, like a large part of Europe (inc. Turkey).

Don't know how long this situation will last, though (in France, I think DeCSS has been made illegal some years ago by the DADVSI law, as an example). But for now, these countries are blessed with very good OOB Linux distro UX.

Edited 2011-08-01 09:33 UTC

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