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Re: [Fsfe-uk] BBC's DRM Iplayer windows only

From: MJ Ray
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] BBC's DRM Iplayer windows only
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2008 15:35:21 +0000
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"Dave Crossland" <address@hidden> wrote:
> I thought we established there isn't anything better [than Flash] for web
> multimedia. Show me URLs of better technology :-)

I'm not sure we've established what "better" means here, let alone
whether Flash is the best.

> Being unable to view Active X wrapped media is not a "Top 5" reason to
> not switch to GNU+Linux or to install proprietary software on
> GNU+Linux. So I doubt it. But if it was as much of a social problem,
> I'd expect so.

What Top 5 list is this referring to?

> Calling the OS GNU/Linux or GNU+Linux is a simple way to do that which
> anyone can do and takes only a few seconds each day.

While it's (relatively) easy to change one's own behaviour, changing
existing agreements like user group names is much harder.  It involves
compromise and I think it was such compromises that gave us FOSS and
FLOSS.  However, there seems to be no acceptable compromise for the OS
and user group names yet: both Local User Group and Linux+GNU User
Group (to preserve the built LUG branding) have been rejected.

Also, don't underestimate the animal magic.  Tux is far cuter than the
most common GNUs.  It's a bit surprising that the GNU project seems to
have switched to the bold alternative GNU (which is quite similar to
the previous one, enough so that
still suggests it is the old head on the home page and I doubt many
people will notice it) instead of one of the more cuddly 3D ones (say
Georg Bahlon's, or the meditating GNU).

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