[linux-audio-user] ogg for Windows made really easy

Lee Revell rlrevell at joe-job.com
Sun Jan 15 17:38:55 EST 2006

On Sun, 2006-01-15 at 23:33 +0100, Cesare Marilungo wrote:
> Maybe it is just because a distro that is shipped in large quantities 
> should otherwise pay royalties?

They don't have to ship it, they just have to set up their installer so
it goes on the Net and downloads the MP3 packages from a server in a non
software patent country.

For example (not to beat a dead horse) the distros can't ship the Nvidia
binary driver, as this would violate the GPL (GPL code cannot be linked
with proprietary code) but some have a package where if you "apt-get
install" it, it will go and grab the driver from nvidia's site, compile
the wrapper and link it to the kernel you are running.  It's still a GPL
violation, but the individual user is violating the GPL, not the distro.


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