[ATrpms-users] kaffeine-extras-nonfree

Max Waterman davidmaxwaterman+atrpms-users at fastmail.co.uk
Thu Nov 23 14:53:45 CET 2006


Axel Thimm wrote:
> Hi,
>
> On Mon, Nov 20, 2006 at 03:10:45PM -0200, Paulo Cavalcanti wrote:
>   
>> On 11/20/06, Rex Dieter <rdieter at math.unl.edu> wrote:
>>     
>>> Paulo Cavalcanti wrote:
>>>
>>>       
>>>> I guess my friend Richard Stallman would say that I am not being free
>>>>         
>>> using
>>>       
>>>> mp3, but ogg does not play in my car. If there is a kaffeine rpm, why
>>>>         
>>> not
>>>       
>>>> offer everything it is supposed to do?
>>>>         
>>> Note the missing functionality is mp3 *encoding*.  If one simply
>>> installs xine-lib-extras-nonfree, you can decoding for free.
>>>
>>> -- rex
>>>
>>>       
>> Rex,
>>
>> this was said in my first message. We can also encode using grip, xmcd,
>> mplayer, or whatever. The point is that kaffeine possesses this
>> functionality, so why offer a castrated version? It has a nice interface
>> after all, and it is very simple to encode using kaffeine.
>>
>> I just posted the rpm because I did not find it anywhere. The .src.rpm was
>> downloaded from extras, but the non free part was broken.
>>
>> /Paulo Roma.
>>     
>
> Red Hat is afraid of being sued for freely distributing patented
> software w/o paying royalties to the patent holders, therefore there
> exists a policy that anything hosted on its servers or is directly
> related to the company (e.g. "sponsored by Red Hat") is not allowed to
> carry certain patented parts like mp3, mpeg and so on.
>
> What I don't understand is why Ubuntu can obviously do that, but
> perhaps that's because Red Hat is in the U.S. and Ubuntu in South
> Africa?
>   
Ubuntu, for all legal purposes, is based out of the Isle of Man, I think
you'll find.

Max.
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