RESEND(Wrong Thread): IMAGE/MP3 licensing issue.
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Wed Nov 12 14:55:35 CET 2008
2008/11/12 Rui Miguel Silva Seabra <rms at 1407.org>
> On Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 01:23:19PM +0000, Thomas White wrote:
> > On Wed, 12 Nov 2008 20:15:44 +0800
> > Ray Chao <ray_chao at openmoko.com> wrote:
> > > We are sorry that currently we have to remove all the images on the
> > > download server of Openmoko. http://downloads.openmoko.org/release/
> > Erk... are you able to give any more details about the exact reasons?
> He did:
> > Subject: RESEND(Wrong Thread): IMAGE/MP3 licensing issue.
> > We will make another stable release as soon as possible. At the mean
> > time, we could rebuild those old releases without mp2/mp3. However,
> I can give you the rest:
I understand the MP3 patent issue reasonably well, but couldn't OM use
LAME? Users could be asked to compile the software themselves
(providing it wasn't made terribly difficult), if that's an issue...
Or have I missed the point?
(Obviously, Vorbis and FLAC are preferable to MP3, but for those
people - and I'm sure there are lots of them - who have MP3-encoded
media, a decoder is still needed, even if only to transcode to a freer
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