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Re: multimedia licensing



On Mon, 18 Apr 2005, kwhiskers wrote:

So are you guys saying that this new/proposed (?) patent legislation in
Europa will force other distros to remove vital components from the standard
distibutions as well?

There is the potential for that yes.


On 4/17/05, kwhiskers <kwhiskers gmail com> wrote:

I have a question:


Many times I have heard that Fedora cannot be a fully functioning
operating system because of licensing constraints.

My question is:

Why are other distributions not plagued by these same constraints? They're
all Linux.

I have tried SuSE, Mandrake (now Mandrivel - such an unfortunate
christening), Knoppix, and some minor distros.


Fully functional in every respect that GPL code supports. What exactly is missing that makes Fedora non-functional? Java, Flash, MP3, DVD support are not shipped due to license/legal concerns but all are *readily* available from a variety of easily accessable locations e.g. livna.org <http://livna.org/>.
Why are other distributions not plagued by these same constraints? They're
all Linux.
Fedora has chosen to only include GPL code- anything else is excluded.
Some of the other distros are more cavalier in this respect.

--
Bests,
Jon

Every Linux distribution that ships only open source software and is
based on regions where software patents are enforced will be affected.

regards
Rahul


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