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Canonical explains Ubuntu unfree video choice

viralMeme (1461143) writes | more than 4 years ago

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tux (1461143) writes "Ubuntu's commercial sponsor Canonical has tried to clarify how — if not why — it has licensed a closed-source and patented codec for video on PCs running its Linux.

Canonical is the first Linux shop to have agreed to license the codec in question, H.264 from MPEG LA. Even though Red Hat and Novell are also available for use on PCs, they have not licensed H.264."

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Ubuntu isn't about freedom at all (1)

ptaff (165113) | more than 4 years ago | (#32110204)

Yet another proof Canonical doesn't care about the free software ideals. Yeah, you'll get a bigger marketshare, so bloody what? go work for Apple if you want to build a proprietary world on top of free software.

Re:Ubuntu isn't about freedom at all (1)

westlake (615356) | more than 4 years ago | (#32111060)

Yet another proof Canonical doesn't care about the free software ideals. Yeah, you'll get a bigger marketshare, so bloody what? go work for Apple if you want to build a proprietary world on top of free software

Canonical sees what the Geek refuses to see:

Hundreds of millions of devices that generate H.264 video - with more entering the market every day.

Consumer products. Industrial products. Broadcast, cable and sattelite technologies. Theatrical and home video production tools. Services like Netflix and Skype.
 

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