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Re: early review of RH 9 (Shrike)

Graydon wrote:

On Fri, Mar 28, 2003 at 02:59:50PM -0500, Elton Woo scripsit:

Good point. Considering that Mandrake was supposed to "go under"
by way of bankruptcy, and have now released a full new version
with mp3 support included. Does this mean that nothwithstanding,
they (Mandrake) have deeper pockets than Red Hat?

Gods, no.

Red Hat *specifically decided* not to license MP3, because they're being
GPL purists.

What, exactly, would they have licensed? The GPL forbids distribution of software that would place encumberances upon the recipients, which Thompson's patents do. All common mp3 software is available only under the GPL.

Red Hat can not fulfill the requirements of the GPL unless they can procure an unlimited, transferrable license for the patents.

No one else has a license to distribute GPL'd mp3 software in locations where mp3 is patented, either, AFAIK.

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