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Re: Royalty free gstreamer plug-in


Could you expand a bit on what you mean by "the Free software
situation" ?
The inability of distributions who want to support only open source software to distribute mp3 codecs

Fluendo does not sell a proprietary plugin for mp3 playback.  Fluendo
gives away both MIT-licensed source code, as well as binaries that come
with a patent license, built from this source code.

Yes, you get a gratis codec but its still patent encumbered in many regions. People who are willing to accept and use a binary codec an use it. I am not belittling your work. Having a codec that works across the entire set of applications that use gstreamer is fabulous but it doesnt mean that Fedora can ship it unless they accept to ship a binary codec which is not what Fedora is all about. Real Player was available previously if the project wanted to do that.

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