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Re: Redhat's intentions for streaming media support in Mozilla

On Sun, Feb 23, 2003 at 11:59:08AM -0800, Todd Booher scripsit:
> If the cost is prohibitive then I can see why redhat
> does not go that route.  I also believe you are correct
> about the chicken/egg problem.  I think the freshrpms.net
> solution is fine for the hobbyist or corp culture but
> not a solution for the home user.  Hopefully, a market
> will open up for a linux desktop and these types of 
> issues will get solved.  I'm  just hoping that happens
> sooner than later.

It's be a good thing, but, even if it *does* happen, solutions for media
-- especially proprietary media -- are much better coming from third
party specialists, rather than a distro.

What I was trying to point out is that freshrpms more or less solves the
problem; you have to know how to find it, and how to download an rpm,
but that's it.

A business plan that basically said 'we're going to do this packaging
thing, and sell CDs' might very well work.  The problem for a distro
taking that up is that they can't sell desktop distros *now*, and they
can't stop making the ISOs available, because they get abandoned if they
do, and the partitioned software space that would result from 'this is
freely available, but we won't let you have our packages unless you pay'
would be dire.  Someone *only* selling to home users wouldn't have that

Think of it as an application distro.

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