MP3 support in Linux distros?
luke at dashjr.org
Sun Nov 13 15:17:54 CST 2005
On Sunday 13 November 2005 08:38, you wrote:
> Fedora, Forbidden
Except that the GPL (v2) talks nothing of patents, so it would be technically
> My how to on how to add mp3/wma support to
> On 11/12/05, Luke-Jr <luke at dashjr.org> wrote:
> > On Saturday 12 November 2005 23:27, Leo Mauler wrote:
> > > Someone on another forum lambasted my suggestion that the XviD video
> > codec
> > > would play on any Linux machine by saying that most distros didn't come
> > with
> > > MP3 support, making a lot of XviD videos play in Linux with no sound.
> > XviD is not MP3. Generally, XviD is paired up with Vorbis, so it's not
> > even a
> > safe assumption that an XviD encoded video would use MP3... so the whole
> > debate is irrelevant to your suggestion. Of course, I wouldn't suggest
> > XviD--
> > ffmpeg's MP4 encoder is better.
> > > I went looking and of course he's right, Debian and Ubuntu don't have
> > > it
> > for
> > > obvious licensing reasons, Redhat pulled support for MP3 back in
> > > version
> > 8.0
> > > and never put it back. Mandriva still includes support for MP3s.
> > I think the lack of MP3 support is more of a lecture on using Vorbis
> > instead
> > of MP3 than anything else.
> > > What exactly is the official policy on MP3s? Is there an unwritten
> > policy
> > > thats sort of <nudge, nudge, wink, wink> regarding allowing free
> > software
> > > MP3 decoders/encoders?
> > I think there's a written licensing policy that MP3 is licensed for any
> > non-commercial use.
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