Omega 10 Live CD Beta: Fedora With Added Multimedia

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AN interesting new Linux project released in the last week, Omega 10, cuts through the old debate about free/proprietary software with a solution I am sure many will find appealing - and just as many will abhor.

The Fedora project is well known for its uncompromising stance on software which is patent-encumbered or proprietary: if it fits either of those definitions, it does not get into Fedora. Neither will the Fedora developers help their users include software which falls into either category.

In some ways this is an admirable, ethical stance but to those who are new to Linux in general and Fedora in particular, it seems baffling and unhelpful.

These are the people who, having taken the bold step to convert from Windows or Mac OS, find themselves unable to do all the things they previously took for granted without having to tangle with multimedia codec installations.

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