to autodownload or not to autodownload

Brian Pepple bpepple at
Sat Feb 9 17:19:42 UTC 2008

On Sat, 2008-02-09 at 10:19 -0600, Chris Adams wrote:
> Once upon a time, Kevin Kofler <kevin.kofler at> said:
> > Flash is not an essential part of a person's life, you can do very well without 
> > _any_ Flash player, Free or proprietary.
> Well, Fedora "is not an essential part of a person's life" either.
> However, I need a fully-functional Flash player as part of my job,
> because some vendor websites use it.  If you are saying I shouldn't use
> Flash on Fedora, you are telling me I shouldn't use Fedora on my
> desktop.
> The free Flash players, as distributed in Fedora, will _always_ be
> broken, as they can't include MP3 for audio (at least until about 2017).
> If it allowable for codecbuddy to point to a gratis MP3 codec, why is it
> not allowable for something to point to a gratis Flash player,
> especially when it is the "standard" and the company behind it actually
> sets up a repo for use with Fedora (as opposed to the MP3 situation)?

The source code is available for the mp3 gstreamer plugin.  The only
reason we can't include it in Fedora is due to US patent law.
Proprietary flash on the other hand is closed-sourced.

Brian Pepple <bpepple at>
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