I am usually a strong supporter of debian, but I may change very quickly my mind...

x264

x264 was removed from debian unstable according to : http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=423250

With the very best explanation ever: Now - it contains mpeg4 stuff, try googling for "mpeg4 patent" once and you know why it needs to go out.

And with the very usefull link of http://petition.eurolinux.org/pr/pr18.html. That states: the patents that will constitute the MPEG-4 Visual Patent Portfolio License support the charging of royalties on the use of MPEG-4 Visual streams in Europe" and that a license should be available within several months.

"Should" be ? I am not an englishman, but should does not mean is. Moreover the article is from 2002 and legislation about patents has changed in Europe since that date!

Patents

Video

Video programming is filled with patents.

This so stupid than ever... Hey, Joerg Jaspert, why don't you try "mpeg2 patent" in Google ? Oops, right ?

Then you should remove:

  • ffmpeg, libmpeg2,
  • mplayer, vlc, xine, ogle, totem, gstreamer,
  • cinelerra, avidemux...

Come on!

Other patents

What about "double-click patents" and "linux patents" in google ? It gives more answers than MPEG-4 patents... Maybe we should remove 'linux' from debian...