Fedora struggles with harm reduction via Codec Buddy
sundaram at fedoraproject.org
Thu Nov 1 05:27:52 UTC 2007
Very interesting take on a thorny issue. Some questions about the nature
of the agreement is also answered here..
"In public health, harm reduction is a practice that, rather than trying
to eradicate potentially dangerous choices like prostitution, tries to
minimize their effects. Often, the practice involves a limited condoning
of the practice, such as safe injection sites for addicts. Harm
reduction is the path that Fedora 8 has chosen on the issue of MP3 and
other non-free codecs in the form of Codec Buddy, a Codeina-based
program that tries to educate users about free software while giving
them easy legal access to codecs by linking to the commercial Fluendo
site. It's a decision about which the Fedora Board and community leaders
feel considerable ambivalence."
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