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Re: Codeina: Intriguing idea, but...



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Christopher A. Williams wrote:
> I understand the "legal compromise" intended with Codeina in F8.
> 
> But of note, there's only 1 vendor you are directed to if you'd like to
> purchase a codec.
> 
> Now - let's put arguments aside about if you should/shouldn't buy a
> codec for the moment. What provisions are being made to allow being able
> to buy codecs from multiple vendors - essentially facilitating
> competition and choice?

Have a look at the future directions section of the "Codec Buddy"
feature pages up on fedoraproject.org:

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/FeatureCodecBuddy

The first goal listed for future Fedora versions is:

"Pluggable sources, so 3rd-party repositories/vendors can install their
own sources of codecs (such as repositories offering patent-restricted
codecs in packages)"

> In the meantime, I'm still probably headed over to Livna (and VLC or
> MPlayer) for my codecs...

If you live in a place where that's legally possible, you're fine (and
lucky!). On the other hand, Codeina provides the hooks to allow those
living in less enlightened parts of the world to easily get a supported,
working, legal set of codecs to use on Fedora (although I did notice the
current fluendo codecs need a bunch of textrels.. grr!).

Regards,
Bryn.

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