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Re: The end of GIF format [was : Dangerous precedent being set - possible serious violation of the GPL ]

>>>>> "Tomasz" == Tomasz Wegrzanowski <maniek@beer.com> writes:

    Tomasz> SERIOUS SUGGESTION FOR WOODY : we should get rid of all
    Tomasz> gif-making packages except 1 package a2gif in non-free,
    Tomasz> which will allow you to convert other images to gifs if
    Tomasz> you REALLY need it. In description of this package there
    Tomasz> should be : `using GIFs is HIGHLY discouraged due to
    Tomasz> patent problems.  Consider chosing another format
    Tomasz> (ex. jpeg or png)'

Just my opinion:

- AFAIK, the patent issues on GIF only apply to certain countries, and
does not apply to me ;-)

- certain features of GIF format (eg animations) cannot be use with
other formats, eg jpeg or png. Please correct me if I am wrong...
This proposal would make it harder to create animiate gifs, for
instance, using GIMP.
- current web browsers currently have problems displaying transparent
png files currently.

I admit though, that I dont have a description of a2gif convenient but
don't think it would invalidate any of what I have said.

Not that I feel very strongly on the above (I don't use GIF much
myself), but believe these to be valid concerns that other users will
Brian May <bam@debian.org>

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