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Re: Enabling and installing of "risky" ("patented") codecs - made easy

Moritz Muehlenhoff <jmm@inutil.org> writes:

> Fabian Greffrath wrote:
>> You all know about the unsatisfying situation of some codec libraries 
>> that are commonly called 'risky' or 'patented'; namely lame, xvid and 
>> friends. While being perfectly free software on the one hand, licensed 
>> under the GPL or LGPL, they are surrounded by a cloud of patent FUD or 
>> even actual threat, which makes them unsuitable for Debian's main 
>> section [0]. [...]
> We should just create a separate archive like non-us, e.g. non-pat,
> which's primary host would reside somewhere where multimedia software
> patents are moot. (I suppose france would be alright, since debian-
> multimedia is hosted there). d-i should offer to add these sources.

How about just using non-free for that? In the past, patented packages
like gif encoders have been hosted there, so why can't we just use them
for mpeg encoders as well?

Reinhard Tartler, KeyID 945348A4

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