[linux-audio-dev] Lionstracs / Linux Audio at Musikmesse report

Dave Robillard drobilla at connect.carleton.ca
Wed Apr 7 01:42:17 UTC 2004

On 04/06/04 18:08:18, Paul Davis wrote:
> >> on the right side of the page, scroll down to VIDEO OF MUSIKMESSE,
> >> you will find 4 videos
> >> (under Linux you can play them with xine or mplayer if you have  
> the
> >> win32 codecs installed)
> >
> >... Do I even need to say it?
> no, but you could explain the precise steps you would take to avoid
> the win32 codecs without spending most of a day on the problem :) for
> bonus marks, cover all likely eventualities :))
> [snip]

You misunderstand.  I'm not saying you're stupid for suggesting using  
the win32 codecs (if that's what you have to do to play the damn  
things, that's what you have to do, it's hardly your fault). I'm saying  
Lionstracs is stupid for requiring you to do so. Especially since they  
sell Linux-running products, and have taken so much from the free  
software world.

It's not a big deal, and I'm certainly not implying the company is  
"evil" or whatever, but still.  I figured it was worth mentioning.

I couldn't agree more about 'the industry' screwing the users over huge  
in this department.  Can't we just make proprietary file formats flat  
out illegal already? :)  What a beautiful day that would be...


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