RealAudio

Simon Roby shamblrd at hotmail.com
Fri Nov 1 06:36:38 PST 2002


----- Original Message -----
From: "Csaba Henk" <ekho at renyi.hu>
To: <blfs-support at linuxfromscratch.org>
Sent: Thursday, October 31, 2002 12:04 PM
Subject: Re: RealAudio


>
>
> On Thu, 31 Oct 2002, Conrad Newton wrote:
>
> > Ken Dyke on Wed, Oct 30, 2002 at 10:11:25AM -0700:
> > > On Wed, 2002-10-30 at 01:58, Csaba Henk wrote:
> > > > > >  Is there some (hereditarily) open-source audio player
(preferably working
> > > > > > on console) which can play RealAudio format files?
> > >
> > > I suppose by now most everyone has seen the news that Real is going to
> > > open source their stuff.  They are suffering the same crushing effects
> > > from M$ that Netscape suffered.  Remains to be seen if they can move
to
> > > an open source model quick enough and smooth enough not to lose all
the
> > > market share they now have (and are losing rapidly).
> >
> > See https://www.helixcommunity.org/
> >
> > Conrad
> >
>
> This helix project is nice, however see the following citation from
> their FAQ:
>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
> Why aren't the RealAudio and RealVideo codecs available in source code
> under the RPSL?
>
> While RealNetworks owns most of the intellectual property for RealAudio
> and RealVideo, RealNetworks has licensed 3rd party technology for
> certain aspects of those codecs. RealNetworks does not have the rights
> to license that technology under an open source license.
> <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
>
> Csaba

This reminds me of when John Carmack of id Software released the DOOM source
code, he had to remove the sound code because it wasn't property of the
company. He swore he'll never do it again, of course.
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