Ubuntu is moving towards dangerous grounds...
I really don't see what the fuss is about. There is nothing wrong with having a binary only application. The reason it's there is to simply give less cannon fodder for the anti-linux crew. In a Utopian society, sure everything would be opensource, any type of patent wouldn't exist, taxes wouldn't exist, we could all work at our own leisure because we wouldn't have bills to pay, etc, but unfortunately in the real world it doesn't work this way.
I also find it humorous that some of the people griping against a binary blob in here are also the people that are griping for more commercial games in linux which are blobs as well.
Until people start getting vocal with their local politicians, making a point that DRM / rootkits / copyprotection and such is not acceptable to the point where it can be a deciding factor in their election to office, this will not change but will be a fact of digital life. Until that time binary solutions are required to adhere to current laws or go simply without a "legal" solution at all.
All that being said other distro's have provided "legal" DVD playback in the past and present as well for example LinDVD found in the retail version of Mandriva.
Last edited by deanjo; 09-17-2008 at 02:54 PM.
I'm not sure why I'd be paying $50 for this application when libdvdcss is just a click away :P (I'm in Egypt, I dare anyone try and sue me about it )
They should at least offer it at a better price, $29 or less..
It's not you that really would have to be worried about getting sued, it's the OEMs like Dell, Levono, and other linux supporters that would have to worry about getting sued, not to mention the distributions, if they included libdvdcss and other potentially patent infringing and drm legalities. At minimum licenses have to be acquired "legally" to allow decryption and audio playback (AC-3 sound, potentially others like DTS as well and your various audio surround technologies).
Originally Posted by Extreme Coder
Last edited by deanjo; 09-17-2008 at 05:42 PM.
I wouldn't say so much OEM's, because those already do have a solution (see Dell).
It's more for the media imho. Media can't be really saying "there is no Windows codec or DVD support out the box, but there are alternative illegal in the USA solutions available", so they only say the first part, "there is no Windows codec or DVD support out the box". Now, they can report that it's available for purchase.
More comforting for many consumers also.
If Dell shipped with DVD decryption and ac-3 support utilizing unlicensed alternatives I can guarantee you the MPEG LA and Dolby Labs would come knocking on the corporate doors of Dell as they all require patent royalty as well for any MPEG2 playback.
Originally Posted by Vadi
On the other hand I don't want to pay for things I will not use anyway, and the cost of those licenses will fall on me as the buyer. If I want to buy a laptop loaded with crap I can always buy one with windows.
Originally Posted by deanjo
Your hardware is already laden with licenses that YOUR paying for, whether you like it or not, whether you use it or not. Even when you buy barebones products like video / motherboards / audio / etc, your paying for licensing you may never use. At least if you purchase a dell ubuntu system you ARE supporting companies that DO at least support it. Seriously, your net add on cost by buying a system that comes with LinDVD or PowerDVD is maybe 2-3 dollars. Small price to pay for a company that at least puts out a product for something other then windows.
Originally Posted by val-gaav
What really saddens me is that nowhere in the original article is it mentioned that most of these issues is a USA only problem. Most of the rest of the world does not recognize BS patents on mathematical formulas etc.
So this is not a Linux vs Windows issue, but an insane patent laws in USA issue. The discussions should be about that, because the real danger is that the US patent maffia will force through their rules and laws in the rest of the world as well (they are already working hard on it for quite a while). Dont obscure this difference of USA vs the rest of the world, because the day people resign to "this is normal" the patent mongers have won.