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[fluid-dev] Soundfonts and their licensing (was: Preparing for 1.0.9 rel

From: David Henningsson
Subject: [fluid-dev] Soundfonts and their licensing (was: Preparing for 1.0.9 release)
Date: Fri, 20 Mar 2009 17:42:58 +0100
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About soundfonts, there is the fluid-soundfont-gm (and
fluid-soundfont-gs) that is in the Debian/Ubuntu repository, is licensed
under MIT, and sounds pretty good. It's quite large though (145 MB).
(Available for download at:
http://packages.debian.org/en/source/sid/fluid-soundfont )

It seems to me like neither Christian's GeneralUser_GS, nor the
VintageDreamsWaves-v2 (that comes with a SVN checkout) complies to
Debian's Free Software Guidelines, as they both restrict modification in
some way. So they will most likely be removed from the Debian package.

I know that Linux is bigger than Debian (and that Fluidsynth is bigger
than Linux!) and that other distributions are unaffected by this
limitation, I just wanted to add that point of view.

// David

Ebrahim Mayat skrev:
> Josh, Pedro and Bernat
> As a service to Linux users, I propose that the 'GeneralUser GS
> FluidSynth v1.43.rgd" file written by S Christian Collins be made
> available as part of the new release distribution. Configuring
> rosegarden with this 'studio file' makes rosegarden work seamlessly with
> fluidsynth/qsynth when used together with Chris' soundfont:
> 'GeneralUser_GS_FluidSynth_v1.43_RC1.sf2 '. 
> It is also noteworthy to mention that with this setup, MIDI rendering in
> rosegarden using fluidsynth worked without any timing errors.
> Thanks Chris. 
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