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Gregg Bolinger
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Well, I just intalled Red Hat 9 on one of my PC's. It's nice. But when I launched XMMS, and tried to load some MP3's, it popped up a dialog that told me RedHat has disabled MPEG-Layer 2 Playback due to liscensing restrictions.
WHAT THE HELL!!
Anyway, I am in search of another MP3 Player for Linux if anyone has a suggestion.
Thanks.
 
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After some searching on the net I found out that Red Hat 9 does not ship with software for MP3's as far as codecs/decoders. If you go here and install that RPM, all is well with the world.
 
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Unfortunately, a lot of our favourite multimedia file formats are encumbered by patents. Red Hat has chosen to err on the side of caution when it comes to IP rights, even before SCO doused itself with gasoline, struck a match and went careening through the theatre. In in restrospect, I guess it's just as well.
One of the patent holders - the Farunhofer Institute has repeated stated to ired OSS users that their patents are licensed for the benefit of commercial software products, and are, in fact, freely usable in OSS and non-profit software in general (DON'T take that as a legal blank check - but that's the essential spirit of what they've said). Since there's no pleasing some people, there are still some who are outraged, but all in all, Fraunhofer's approach is a welcome exception to the increasingly possessive and litigious attitude of the industry in general.
I won't swear that MPEG2 is the format in question, but I think it is. At any rate, you can download the appropriate plugins and put them in yourself - it's just that Red Hat doesn't supply them as part of the factory package. Expect similar things regarding GIF until its patents globally expire in about a year or so (only the US one has expired this month).
In fact, just about any non-secret media format plus a few secret ones can be decoded and played if you're willing to do a brief search. Whether it's legal to make you system play them depends on how and where. If it's illegal, I leave it up to you to be A) virtuously honest B) A conscientious objector or C) "Hoist the sails, matey! har har har!"
 
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