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Re: [Slightly OT] Re: Ranter or evangelist?



On Mon, Jul 27, 2009 at 7:39 PM, Marko Vojinovic<vvmarko gmail com> wrote:
> On Monday 27 July 2009 03:06:34 gilpel altern org wrote:
>> > I didn't say using wmv was the problem
>>
>> If you don't, well, I do. Using proprietary formats on state television is
>> ABSOLUTELY inacceptable.
>
> Then go complain to the TV station and educate *them* that they made a bad
> choice of format. All of us here on the list know that proprietary formats are
> a bad idea. No need to discuss it here.
>
>> So, MPlayer must be included instead of Totem. From what I read
>> everywhere, MPlayer does better. If the devil is behind MPlayer, the code
>> is open, Totem can "borrow" it.
>
> This cannot be done due to US law. I know, it sucks, but again, go complain to
> the US government, not here. We already know the bad side of patents and such.
>
> And the problem cannot be solved by "borrowing" the code. The patent says that
> *algorithm* is monopolized, so Totem is not allowed to use *any* code
> whatsoever for it. This is the patent work at its worst --- the *idea* is
> restricted, not the implementation (ie. the actual code that turns the idea
> into a working program).
>
>> I believe I made very clear that we can't always blame Microsoft for
>> having a 1% market share. There also is need for amelioration on our side.
>
> Interest in market share notwithstanding, I'm sure Fedora would wish to
> include mplayer and all no-go codecs for all of the players available, in
> order to maximize user experience. But Fedora is simply bounded by laws of the
> land, and is not allowed to. Nothing more can be done "on our side".
>
> Best, :-)
> Marko
>
Maybe if they send out cd's with great music in ogg format, when it
doesn't play automatically in a conventional cd player then people
might realize there is something outside the box. Till then......



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