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Multimedia Codecs and Moral Quandaries

Mar 02, 2010, 15:33 (0 Talkback[s])
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"I wrote recently about legal concerns involving multimedia patents on Ubuntu, and how to obtain licensed codecs without breaking the law. But I didn't give much thought to the philosophical side of the issue. That's an important topic in the Ubuntu community, so I'm catching up with it here.

"The incorporation of proprietary software into Ubuntu has long been a touchy issue. Even where legal ambiguities are not in play–as in the case of closed-source video drivers or Adobe's flash plugin–there are those who object to the use of proprietary software in any form, even if it's the only reasonable way to achieve vital functionality.

"Fortunately, those voices are few and far between these days (either that, or they've moved onto other, "Freer" distributions), and Ubuntu developers are able to place pragmatism before philosophy when it comes to putting proprietary hardware drivers and other essential closed-source software in the Ubuntu repositories."

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