Web site suggestions.
fedora.1.90 at xs4all.nl
Fri Mar 12 21:04:11 UTC 2004
Robin Laing wrote:
> Bevan C. Bennett wrote:
>> Robin Laing wrote:
>> Even if the website were outside the US, Fedora as a US organization
>> cannot officially condone the illegal use of software. Private
>> repositories for these packages are easily discovered for those who
>> live somewhere without such laws or for those willing to personally
>> risk infringing use.
>> Yes, it's perhaps stupid that certain corporations han maintain a
>> licensing stranglehold on certain popular codecs (even if they did
>> come up with them in the first place), and prevent them from being
>> used with GPL software.
>> The very simple difference is that, because Windows is not
>> zero-price, Microsoft can absorb all of the licensing costs to these
>> other companies neccessary to legally include their algorithms in the
>> packaged product. Apple can (and does) do the same thing.
>> A company could set themselves up selling properly licensed software
>> for mp3 and dvd use, but they could not use GPL code to create their
>> software without some interesting shenanigans, because the license
>> will prohibit the end result from being GPLd.
>> The DVD issue is really annoying, but I just rip all my CDs to .ogg
>> and avoid the MP3 fiasco entirely. For a user without a pre-existing
>> collection, it's easy to use the included tools in Fedora to do this.
>> As an added benefit, not having any mp3s on your system makes you
>> less likely to be targeted as an alleged music pirate by large
>> overzealous acronyms.
> It is a shame that companies are doing all that they can to prevent
> the growth of Linux. Look at Microsofts paying SCO to fight. (search
> for links) DeCSS was developed for the purpose of playing DVD's on
> Even if the site cannot be officially sanctioned by Fedora and RedHat,
> it doesn't mean that it cannot be setup. If you follow and search the
> Archives you can find most of these pachages mentioned. The problem
> is one single site. Even when I typed in "yum update" yesterday, I
> ended up with a dependency error so yum is not perfect. Some sites
> have part of the package but you have to download libs from another
> site. Of course a new user needs to set it up for all the "other"
> providers. Especially the signatures for security.
> Ripping or even playing CD's could become a problem without codecs as
> the music industries want to put more copy protections on the CD's. I
> have even seen suggestions of using WMP 9 with DRM for protection.
> We may have one blessing if the EU forces Microsoft to not include
> Windows Media Player. It would be nice if something similiar could
> occur in the US and Canada.
I agree, but do we have a working KaZaa like thing on the moment? Or a
5.1 sound system? That is a booster with at least 4 speakers for 29 euro
C-media card and 50 euro Trust speakerset
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