Re: My solution (was: My (less-then-important) personal position)
On Mon, Jun 19, 2000 at 01:20:45AM +0200, Tomasz Wegrzanowski wrote:
> On Sun, Jun 18, 2000 at 09:56:05PM +0200, Marcus Brinkmann wrote:
> > On Sun, Jun 18, 2000 at 08:38:48PM +0200, Tomasz Wegrzanowski wrote:
> > > On Sun, Jun 18, 2000 at 04:51:13PM +0200, Marcus Brinkmann wrote:
> > > > Unfortunately, those are also the packages with the highest popularity
> > > > (netscape,jdk, xanim).
> > >
> > > We all know about netscape and jdk, but is there no free animation displayer ???
> > > (it seems to be very very easy task compared to jdk or browser)
> > The algorithms to decode are proprietary. Even xanim can only offer some of
> > the most common ones and at least some of them as binary modules.
> Does proprietary mean
> a) patented
> b) not reverse-engeenered yet
> In first case, we could make euro-anim.
Proprietary, patented and difficult to reverse engineer. euro-anim probably
wouldn't help as I'm pretty sure the companies who've developed the codecs
have patented the algorithms as widely as they can. There only seem to be a
few countries where software patents are not allowed.
This is yet another reason to make the `non-FACIST' distribution - for people
who live in countries where they actually have rights and their constitution
is worth the paper its written on :-)
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