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Re: [gNewSense-users] Playing Youtube videos from Totem .

From: Frederique W. Piccart
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Playing Youtube videos from Totem .
Date: Fri, 06 Nov 2009 18:40:43 +0000
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On Fri, 6 Nov 2009 21:26:26 +0300, Dmitry Samoyloff <address@hidden>
> Luis Felipe López Acevedo wrote:
>> YouTube videos are in non-free file formats and you need Adobe Flash
>> Player (non-free software) to enjoy the service. If you care about
>> freedom, don't use YouTube.
> Gnash is a free software and it appears to be the second entry in the
> list 
> of high-priority projects. It is a free replacement of Adobe Flash
> and 
> it plays videos from YouTube. Watching YouTube videos is not equal to 
> supporting proprietary software.

In a way, it is. Say you share this with a friend, if he wants to take in
on your sharing offer, he will require a piece of software that supports
the Flash format.

Do as most do, and use the Youtube converter on It's
simple, no registration required, enter the URL in there, wait a few
minutes (depending on the video length, size and quality) and then you'll
be able to stream or download the ogg version of it.

However, this could be inconvenient for people who view many videos each
day, but it is much appreciated by many people caring about their freedom.

You'll probably already find most popular videos on that website. It's a
small effort, but it will result in great freedom, to yourself, anyone whom
you share it with and anyone who decides to convert it on that website in
the future (which will make them end up on the video page seeing it would
be converted already).

Possibly, a good comparison to free software supporting non-free formats,
would be Wine being able to run non-free Windows applications, which
doesn't void the fact that you're running non-free in the end.

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