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Novell and Ximian A demonstration of the next release of Novell's Linux for desktops drew cheers and applause Wednesday, although the final version of the software is not expected for some months. Nat Friedman, the company's vice president of Linux desktop engineering, showed Novell Linux Desktop 10 playing videos and MP3 music files, and exchanging music and photos with an iPod and a digital camera, in a keynote presentation at the Solutions Linux conference and trade show on the outskirts of Paris.
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GStreamer is LGPL
by cr8dle2grave on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 03:51 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Novell Shows Off"
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Therefore, unless you happen know of some case law which would support your argument, a GPL'd media player can definitely be distributed which relies upon GStreamer, which itself is distributed with a patent encumbered plugin. I know the FSF has strongly hinted otherwise, but they are posturing. Insofar as I'm aware, nobody has ever succesfully tried to force GPL compliance under this interpretation.

In the case of media players using Gstreamer, those media players don't even technically play media files. They rely on GStreamer to do that for them. Thus whether the mp3 plugin is included or not changes the funtionality of the player not one whit. Media player + GStreamer + plugin does not represent a functional whole as the plugin is entirely seperable. Further, at least in the case of Amarok, GStreamer is only one of multiple media backends which can be used.

Modular software design makes it much harder to enforce the GPL. For instance, the GPL does not extend across a CORBA.

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