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Re: [gNewSense-users] Re: gNewSense-users Digest, Vol 2, Issue 25

From: Andrew Wigglesworth
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Re: gNewSense-users Digest, Vol 2, Issue 25
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2006 17:46:04 +0000
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On Friday 10 November 2006 17:37, Michael Kaye wrote:
> On 10/11/06, Dylan Knight Rogers <address@hidden> wrote:
> > "Whatever other issues there are mplayer is not in Ubuntu Dapper, so
> > going on previous replies it will not be officially supported by
> > gNewSense at the moment."
> >
> > I don't quite understand:  Mplayer is included in many other Free
> > distros.
> It's not included in Debian and Ubuntu because it supports formats
> that are covered by patents (such as MP3).
> This is both for ethical reasons (patents are a bad thing), and to
> protect them from the risk of prosecution and demand of royalties.
> Michael.
> --
> Cutting Free ( - Free Software at the
> cutting edge

Ahem, for the sake of accuracy:

mplayer will be included in Debian Etch, see this faq for details:

Also, the whole world is not covered by US patent law.
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