Am 27.01.2011 22:53, schrieb Romain Beauxis:
Indeed..
Sorry for the lame (haha) question but I did not follow why lame would be
accepted now and was not before.. ?


My reasons are pragmatic, altough I know it's not that easy. ;)
1) LAME is entirely free software.
2) LAME is an open implementation of an ISO/IEC standard.
3) The patents that LAME probably touches do also cover the decoding process, so if we lock out LAME, we should also lock out libmad and mpg123. Since we do not do the latter, we also should not do the former, it's a question of consistence. ;) [Fedora, FWIW, locks out encoders as well as decoders.]

 - Fabian

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