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Re: [gNewSense-users] MP3s xmms2 -uhh?

From: David Carpenter
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] MP3s xmms2 -uhh?
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2008 11:28:23 +0100

Thanks Bruno
So, if I understand it correctly...

the xmms2-plugin-mad (> that is installed. This is a 'libmad based mp3

is a free(dom) implementation of mp3 decoder - so that means it's ok to
be in gNewSense.

Whether it's legal for you to use it is a matter for your local legal
system (I've seen plenty of threads on this!)

AND gNewSence takes the line that it doesn't take a line on this, so
it's up to you if you use it or not!

So, the 'free software' ideal is not at all compromised by this xmms2
plugin. Hurrah!

As long as I have got that right, then that's cool.

Thanks Bruno for your time, and thanks to everyone involved in

On Wed, 2008-09-10 at 23:02 +0100, Bruno Miguel wrote:
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> Em 10-09-2008 22:58:02 David Carpenter escreveu:
> > Hi I really hope this is not a stupid question...
> > 
> > Why CAN I play mp3's in my gNewSense?
> > 
> > I thought this was not possible. 
> > 
> > When I got my gNewSense I wanted to install xmms, but not seeing it 
> > in
> > the repository I went for xmms2 with 'esperanza' via Synaptic a while
> > ago - I guess esperanza would have required xmms2 at the time, but I
> > forget. Today I accidentally asked it to play an old mp3 file that 
> > was
> > lying around and it did it!
> > 
> > I see that there is a 
> > xmms2-plugin-mad
> > 
> > that is installed. This is a 'libmad based mp3 decoder'
> > 
> > I'm pretty sure I didn't expressly include it - although I may have
> > done.
> > 
> > Should this be happening? Sorry, this isn't an offer to help, but I
> > just
> > don't know where to start investigating this.
> There are free implementations of the mp3 audio format. But, in some 
> contries, there is the possibility of having legal problems for using a 
> mp3 decoder - like the US, for example.
> You can always do what I did: install mp32ogg and convert all your 
> musics to this free format.
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