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ZinCh
post Sep 18 2008, 19:26
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Gerry Carr has announced on the Canonical Blog that Fluendo and CyberLink will now be selling their multimedia wares through the Canonical Store. Fluendo is the company supporting the development of GStreamer and they sell several proprietary codecs for providing a legal media playback experience on Linux. Among these codecs are Windows Media, MPEG2, and MPEG4. CyberLink on the other hand is selling their PowerDVD software for Ubuntu.

Fluendo's Windows Media and MP3 codecs for GStreamer can be purchased for about $25 USD to enable legal Windows Media Audio, Windows Media Video, Windows Media MMS, Windows Media ASF Demuxer, and MP3 Audio decoding. Their complete codec pack, which adds MPEG2, MPEG4 Part 2, H.264/AVC, MPEG2 Program Stream and Transport Stream, AAC, and MPEG4 ISO costs about $40 USD.

CyberLink's PowerDVD for Linux enables the legal video playback of commercial DVD movies. The Linux version of PowerDVD also has Dolby Digital Audio support as well as for remote controls. This proprietary software will set you back $50 USD as a digital download through the Canonical Shop.

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yourlord
post Sep 6 2012, 17:14
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I'm always happy to see options become available to people, but I refuse to pay anyone for what amounts to patents on pure math, which are invalid. Because a corrupt and broken system grants people patents on pure math doesn't mean I'm obliged to play along.

I'm *somewhat* tempted to purchase something from Fluendo simply to support them and their sponsorship of GStreamer, but I'm hard pressed to bring myself to "purchase" a license to do math. I'll have to look into their other products and see if they have an application I'd be willing to pay for.

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