to autodownload or not to autodownload

Rahul Sundaram sundaram at
Sat Feb 9 20:00:32 UTC 2008

Chris Adams wrote:
> Once upon a time, Brian Pepple <bpepple at> said:
>> On Sat, 2008-02-09 at 10:19 -0600, Chris Adams wrote:
>>> 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.
> Does codecbuddy point to the open source MP3 plugin or a proprietary MP3
> plugin?

We can't link to the open source version due to patent laws. I guess we 
need to have this conversation every few weeks.


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