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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 11:44 pm 
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hello...
i read on the free software foundation website, blag is an 100% gnu distribution...
Great, i search an linux distribution with free software only...
But i read on german wikipedia (i come from german), blag is an fedora based distribution with more "not open source" software as fedora???
Is blag an only free software distribution or not?
Thank you...


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2006 12:15 am 
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Yes.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2006 12:59 am 
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joeb wrote:
But i read on german wikipedia (i come from german), blag is an fedora based distribution with more "not open source" software as fedora???
Is blag an only free software distribution or not?


BLAG is Free Software even to the extent that we are listed at the Free Software Foundation's page of distros:

http://www.gnu.org/links/links.html#Fre ... tributions

Could you please correct the German wikipedia page?

Thank you,

-Jeff


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2006 7:11 am 
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It's more free software than fedora in that it cares about the finer points. On the other hand. it cares less about patent issues than fedora. So BLAG has things like MP3 support.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2006 2:12 pm 
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Then i testing BLAG an correct the german wikipedia page.
I to amaze that BLAG listed at the Free Software Foundation (i found it by the link) when a lot of not open source software included the distribution.
Now i think BLAG is an interesting distribution...
Thank you for help
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exused my bad english


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joeb wrote:
I to amaze that BLAG listed at the Free Software Foundation (i found it by the link) when a lot of not open source software included the distribution.


No, blag is all free (and "open-source") software. There is support for mp3, which is a non-free codec. But there is no non-free software in the distro. For example, lame converts wav files to mp3. While mp3 is a patented codec, lame itself is totally free software. The source code is available for anybody to look at and change.

On that subject, here's a quote from Richard Stallman:

rms wrote:
The term "patented software" is confusing since it presumes a patent
that is specifically about the particular program in question. There
are no such patents; that is not how software patents work. The issue
is about programs that appear to implement ideas that are covered by
patents.

That category includes nearly all large programs -- that is what makes
software patents such a harmful system. To pick one example, the
kernel Linux, Dan Ravicher found that it implemented 283 US patents.

We think there is nothing wrong with distributing free software that
implements patented ideas, as long as the patent holders don't stop
you.

from: http://beranger.org/index.php?fullarticle=2047

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2006 6:05 pm 
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Now i use Ubuntu, but i search an totally free distribution, an gnu conform distribution. So i think BLAG is the right vor me... or gnewsense?!??
I think i testing BLAG first...

PS: why is gnu/debian not listed by FSF?


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joeb wrote:
Now i use Ubuntu, but i search an totally free distribution, an gnu conform distribution. So i think BLAG is the right vor me... or gnewsense?!??
I think i testing BLAG first...

PS: why is gnu/debian not listed by FSF?


Sure, try BLAG & gNewSense.

Debian isn't listed as they have some non-free repositories listed (though the base distro itself is "free" as I understand things).

-Jeff


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2006 6:24 pm 
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Thank you all...
I beginning tomorrow... now i go to party *smile*
I post my results here...


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Instead of worrying about 'submarine patents' and whatnot, Open Source legal types (and companies like Red Hat, Canonical, Sun) should just have codec patent claimants charged with extortion. When crimininal charges come up, threats of lawsuits wither away REAL fast.


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Personally I think MP3, OGG, WMA and AAC are all past their prime for use in listening to music. I see little reason not to use lossless formats these days. Use of lossy compression seems to be frowned upon with most boot traders.

Use FLAC or WavPack. Rockbox and some Cowon portable music players support FLAC, so I say go with that.


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My Iriver plays FLAC straight out of the box.


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