Monty, Ralph, and I all discussed this and decided
we'd like to
join the organization. :)
Great! I'll add Xiph to the members' page.
Our only concern about linuxaudio.org
is the wording
of policy #5:
consortium supports open standards and file
formats. However, it recognises that reverse engineering of
proprietary formats is sometimes required to enable
I think it's important for the Free Software
movement's future that
we place strong emphasis on getting support for royalty-free open
standards _by default_, and only then concern ourselves with the
I'd agree - I think the use of the word 'sometimes' here was intended
to indicate that. The only reason that proprietary formats were
mentioned at all was that some developers wanted protection for
reverse engineering, following cases like Sklyarov. In practice, this
protection has been hard to get a consensus for among commercial
I suppose we should coordinate some kind of joint
release or announcement once the red tape is over.
Sounds good to me!