Ubuntu 1, Fedora 0

Gene Heskett gene.heskett at verizon.net
Tue Mar 20 20:08:38 UTC 2007

On Tuesday 20 March 2007, Res wrote:
>On Tue, 20 Mar 2007, Ingemar Nilsson wrote:
>> Res <res at ausics.net> writes:
>>> Really? Thats why Ubuntu will let me do *anything* I want, and that
>>> means even play mp3's anytime I damned well want without going to
>>> third party repos, I think I know which distro has respect for my
>>> freedom, my freedom to do what I want, play what I want, when I want,
>> The reason why Fedora does not ship codecs for popular media formats
>> such as mp3 and mpeg is not ideological, but legal. Those formats are
>> patented in the United States, and shipping them anyway would expose
>> Fedora and Fedora's parent company Red Hat to greatly increased legal
>> risks. Microsoft just felt that risk, beging forced to hand over 1.2
>> billion dollars after a court judgement. Also remember that knowingly
>> infringing carries triple damages.
>The avg user does not give a shit about the politics of it, they just
> want to do it!
>this legal bullshit argument has been had out on this list so many times
>ive lost count, the end of it is if we are to convert win users to
> linux, forget fedora, because like it or not, they want to play there
> mp3's and fedora does not allow that out of the box, remembering most
> win uses are non technical savvy and wont want to go to hassle of
> qadding in this repo, adn that repo to geet other stuff their win box
> currently does by default, like 99% of other linux distros also do by
> default, if one doesnt do it by default, they look elsewhere, thats the
> facts, I here it every day in my attempt to convert, so I no longer
> recommend fedora.
The facts are the facts, and your ranting about it here on this list is 
not only unwelcome, it is to the wrong messenger.  Take this BS to your 
congress-critters.  ONLY they can fix it.  This list can do without the 
rant.  There are workarounds that google, legal to do so or not, will 
lead you to.  Use them.

>Let Novell known what you think of their back door deal with the devil.
>Sign the petition today:   http://techp.org/p/1/

Cheers, Gene
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