[fab] Pimping Fluendo for MP3 support

Greg DeKoenigsberg gdk at redhat.com
Tue May 16 22:17:11 UTC 2006

Forwarding this internal RH conversation.

Maybe it's time to temper our "Ogg uber alles" position a bit.

Maybe it's time to link to Fluendo prominently from the default desktop -- 
have a web page on the desktop entitled "Click here for MP3 support".  Or 
similarly, "Click here for Java support".

And then we use the page for educational purposes.  "Dearest user, MP3 
and/or Java are fascist, but if you want to succumb to fascism for the 
sake of convenience, by all means, go ahead, and here's how to do it 

We would be more temperate in our messaging, of course.

Simple, legal, solves a lot of people's problems.  At the cost of a bit of 
moral high ground, but if we can educate while solving the user's problem, 
maybe that's not a bad tradeoff after all.  Somnething to be said for a 
good bully pulpit.


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---------- Forwarded message ----------

On Mon, 2006-05-15 at 15:07 -0400, Bill Nottingham wrote:
> Jon Masters (jcm at redhat.com) said: 
> > If I install Ubuntu, I can trivially get to plugins that add missing
> > functionality via repositories that I hosted overseas and this is well
> > known. With Fedora, it's well known too within a certain crowd, but you
> > could publicly *advertise* a $20 plugin and deliver it easily enough.
> http://www.fluendo.com/products.php?product=plugins

When I said others do this already, I was refering to the likes of
Fluendo - who do an excellent job too.

IMO we should be pointing people at them or reselling and cutting them a
deal out of it, but people should be able to go to
redhat.com/fedoraproject.org and click through to a point that they've
got a "working" system after paying $20.

It should be so fool proof that anyone writing stories about us has no
reason not to have found the updates - so they install the software, get
a warning on first login about patented/encumbered technology and have a
simple option to "fix" that. Then you'll get much more positive stories.


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