Re: MP3 decoder packaged with XMMS
On Fri, Jul 15, 2005 at 09:47:22PM -0700, Steve Langasek wrote:
> AFAIK there is no public evidence that Red Hat's (which is who I assume
> you're principally referring to) decision not to ship mp3-playing software
> is grounded in concerns about actively enforced patents.
FWIW, I've discussed this with a Red Hat employee at last year's
LinuxTag. The reason they stay away from multimedia stuff is that they
are afraid of being sued over patent infringement. They currently have
a lot of money in the bank, which makes them an interesting target.