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Re: [gNewSense-users] Mplayer-plugin

From: Matthew Flaschen
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Mplayer-plugin
Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2007 22:56:52 -0500
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Karl Goetz wrote:
> Matthew Flaschen wrote:
>> Brian Brazil wrote:
>>>> GIven gNS's reluctance to include iffy media formats, it might not
>>>> ever make it into gNS.
>>> I wasn't aware of any media formats that we have explicitly removed.
>>> Brian
>> I'm confused on this.  I've heard some people say gnewsense is supposed
>> to reject all patented formats (even when there's a freely licensed
>> implementation), but there's definitely still patent-infringing code.  I
>> think perhaps people just noticed the removal of multiverse and thought
>> that was largely due to patent issues.
>> Matthew Flaschen
> No software of any size is patent free (including Linux, OGG and
> mplayer). AFAIK what happens with patents re gNewSense isn't decided,
> but one thought i saw around was removing things with /enforced/ patents.
> kk

Fair enough, but MP3 is (occasionally) enforced, and there are decoders,
such as mp32ogg and mpg321.  On that note, mp32ogg is under Artistic,
which FSF officially considers too vague to be Free. What's the
gNewSense stance on that?

Matthew Flaschen

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