RESEND(Wrong Thread): IMAGE/MP3 licensing issue.

Holger Freyther zecke at
Wed Nov 12 15:17:46 CET 2008

Am 12.11.2008 um 14:55 schrieb Sam Kuper:

> I understand the MP3 patent issue reasonably well, but couldn't OM use
> LAME?[1] 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
> format.)

Sure, users or at least one user can do bitbake gst-plugins-ugly and  
share the result. This will bring mp3 support back. However it looks  
like Openmoko can not distribute it, furthermore it seems like even  
options like Fluendo's MP3 decoder plugin is not helping.

Yes, users have the freedom to install the software and plugins they  
want, Openmoko can not distribute everything though.

happy hacking

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