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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2005 11:17 am 
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I'll put a misc page up on jason.blagblagblag.org. I will use the source from the main BLAG site and on there we can have the music/misc info such as where to get w32 etc.


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The more I read about Blag...the more I like it.

I recently re-installed Red Hat 9 (publishers edition) after having used Blag 10000 (BORROW) for quite a while.

The Red Hat 9 OS won't let me use the Streamtuner for copywrite reasons....I LIKE that. I can get the radio stations I want on Real 10....what's the big deal ???

Anyone who has the brains or vision to invent or come up with a unique product deserves to be PAID for it.

Is there any good reason why I should switch to Blag 30K from RH9 ???

What motivates you guys (like Jeff and Steve) to keep on doing this for FREE ???

I vote for 100 % free software...Can I help ???

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rob.linux wrote:
The Red Hat 9 OS won't let me use the Streamtuner for copywrite reasons....I LIKE that. I can get the radio stations I want on Real 10....what's the big deal ???


What copyright reasons?

I don't know of any copyright violations in streamtuner or what it supplies. You can listen to radio stations with it.

rob.linux wrote:
Anyone who has the brains or vision to invent or come up with a unique product deserves to be PAID for it.

Is there any good reason why I should switch to Blag 30K from RH9 ???


Heh. When it's out and you take a look at it, it will be "self-evident". Massive number of improvements....

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What motivates you guys (like Jeff and Steve) to keep on doing this for FREE ???

I vote for 100 % free software...Can I help ???


The same thing that has you voting for Free Software & offering to help. :)

-Jeff


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I have no idea why RH9 won't allow streamtuner to work...I can install the Straemtuner RPM from Dag ....BUT....

The gstreamtuner plugin is held back every time I do updates (Dag's) ...is this related ??

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Looks like the rpm divx4linux is binary as well. Ditching it (got it from Dag).

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Jason wrote:
demitri_88 wrote:
Going back to the obvious choice,we should remove w32codec from the cd and the BLAG repos. However,if anyone did want that package,they could always go to freshrpms or DAG to get it. As I see it,w32codec is only essential to people who need to view WMV files. Otherwise,most of the video media these days are avi,and the Xvid codec takes care of that for the most part. And yes the idea of having a script that warns users that they are in violation of the GPL is a real good idea.


As long as we told the user where to get it and thus made it easily accessible, then we can remove it from anything BLAG related. Most people won't know about DAG or have the knowledge to go find a working RPM. So we would need to take that into consideration.


Just to let everyone know...DAG no longer offers a working RPM for w32codec....It is still on the list but takes you to a page offering the source code instead when you try to download it...(which is fine if you know how to compile it!!)

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I think http://atrpms.net still has it.

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 Post subject: Re: w32codec
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jebba wrote:
Ok, so everything minus 1 in blag is Free Software: you can get the source code, modify it, redistribute it, etc.

The one non-Free package is w32codec. Theses are codecs that allow people to play audio/video that is commonly available on the 'net. I always included this one because I believed it was important for Free Communication to be able to view the vast majority of video on the 'net.

Awhile back I had an email discussion with Richard Stallman (RMS) about BLAG's inclusion of w32codec. Here's some snippets:

jebba wrote:
"BLAG works to overthrow corporate control of information and technology through community action and spreading Free Software"


RMS wrote:
I like the spirit, but...


jebba wrote:
BLAG does commit a sin though. It isn't 100% Free Software. It includes various audio & video codecs.


RMS wrote:
That is very disappointing. Although the name respects the GNUProject, not all of the contents respect the users' freedom.

For a moment there I was hoping that the FSF could recommend BLAG, but we cannot do so as long as it contains non-free software.

The practice of using the non-free codecs is one of the major obstacles that free software faces, and the only way to surmount it is for people to start pushing back. The strategy you've adopted on this front is one of surrender.


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However, I think we should not miss the opportunity to educate the public about the need to change their practices and stop using those formats. We need to look for opportunities to do that.

Perhaps you can start by having a facility for users to do this, but before they get to it, they should see a page that explains why the use of these formats is a harmful practice and asking them to try to change. What do you think about that?


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Another one everyone wants is Flash, which I loathe. But I was thinking of just writing a simple script that would pop up, say why Flash (& now w32codecs) is rotten bad bad bad, but still allow people to download them via apt-get from some non-blag repository.


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Saying this software is bad is better than what you are doing now, but it would still fall short of what is good. Flash is a place where we importantly need to push back.

How about writing a simple application that helps people send complaints to the webmaster of a site which has Flash on it? If it can do something to scan the site for an email address to send to, that would be useful. It could have heuristics to find pages for contacting or responding to the site.


Another part of our discussion was the source code. Right now, they are just available via http/ftp. But the GPL requires that anyone sending out CDs also make the source CD available. So what I want to do is make an ISO image of SRPMS and make a http://www.blagblagblag.org/redistribute/ page that explicitly lists the requirements for redistributing CDs. Note, if you send out a CD you don't /have/ to send out the source code too--you only have to do it if requested.

Anyway, so what do you all think of w32codec? I think the best approach is to /not/ include them, make sure blag is always 100% Free Software, and make some wrapper type program that says "you are doing something bad bad bad" and have it grab w32codec from freshrpms or dag.

Thoughts?

-Jeff


I have many thoughts this issue but the only ones I can give out in public are STOP THEINSANITY ;)

we all like free software..we know the reverse is the bane of our existance..but we are also realists or at least SOME of us are living in the real world not some oblique fantasy realm. We need those non-free codecs you love to hate because without them 'my freedom to view and listen to content is restricted'. What about that dont you understand ? ;)

I advocate ogg/theora, but read my lips stallman etal..ATM THEY ARE NOT THE STANDARD, therefore we must give people the choice .

I am doing my best to make a ogg/theora friendly site and I reccommend others do the same, but until that is in everyhome and used on all websites we dont have a choice IF we want to allow people the freedom to view content even if it gives some of us a royal headache.

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 Post subject: Re: w32codec
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neighborlee wrote:
I have many thoughts this issue but the only ones I can give out in public are STOP THEINSANITY ;)


ok a little perspective here.

neighborlee wrote:
we all like free software..we know the reverse is the bane of our existance..but we are also realists or at least SOME of us are living in the real world not some oblique fantasy realm. We need those non-free codecs you love to hate because without them 'my freedom to view and listen to content is restricted'. What about that dont you understand ? ;)


first off: there are many distros that include this codec. there are instructions in this thread about where to get the relevant rpm and how to install it. it is not hard. if you need this codec, there is nothing in blag that prevents you from installing it. nobody is restricting you from doing anything.

neighborlee wrote:
I advocate ogg/theora, but read my lips stallman etal..ATM THEY ARE NOT THE STANDARD, therefore we must give people the choice .


people do have the choice. they can choose to install the codec.

neighborlee wrote:
I am doing my best to make a ogg/theora friendly site and I reccommend others do the same, but until that is in everyhome and used on all websites we dont have a choice IF we want to allow people the freedom to view content even if it gives some of us a royal headache.


i'm not going to repeat myself on the choice's people have...

so here's a different perspective:

freedom is important to the folks who put their time, effort and skill into blag. there have been repeated discussions [in other places apart from this thread] about it. in every discussion that i've taken part it the concensus has been: the freedom of blag is one of the most important aspects of what we do. why do a distro at all if it doesn't have an identity, things that differentiate it from other distros? we are not in the 'business' of doing a distro for the same reasons that fedora and ubuntu are. freedom is one of the things that makes blag blag. it fits with what we generally believe about the world and the way it works.

i believe in freedom.


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Also, for what it's worth, a huge number of codecs have been implemented in Free versions, so w32codec is getting more unecessary every day.


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jebba wrote:
Also, for what it's worth, a huge number of codecs have been implemented in Free versions, so w32codec is getting more unecessary every day.


I noticed that with rc1, as I've played both quicktime and realaudio files and they were handled by ffmpeg!

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Get that codec right here, still works!
http://atrpms.net/dist/common/w32codec/

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Templar wrote:
Get that codec right here, still works!
http://atrpms.net/dist/common/w32codec/


Those are crusty old files. Download them http://www.mplayerhq.com and stick them in your win32 directory manually. You'll find a lot more files you can play, such as newer real files, and play them better than in their native apps.


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