stevethefiddle wrote:In some Linux distributions, Audacity is available without MP3 support in the normal repository, and available with MP3 support in a "restricted" repository (for software that may not be copyright free in all countries). This is quite common for software that supports the MP3 format.
pablo2340 wrote:What I need to know (among other things) is where to find a repository that DOES contain a version compiled for mp3 support - any help there?
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/ForbiddenItemsMP3 encoding and decoding support is not included in any Fedora application because MP3 is heavily patented in several regions including the United States. The patent holder is unwilling to give an unrestricted patent grant, as required by the GPL. Other platforms might have paid the royalty and/or included proprietary software. Other Linux distributions not based in a region affected by the patent might ship MP3 decoders/encoders or they might have included proprietary software. However, Fedora cannot and does not include MP3 decoders/encoders in order to serve the goal of providing and supporting only free and open source software that is not restricted by software patents by default.
Fedora Suggests: If possible, use patent unrestricted formats such as Ogg Vorbis (a lossy audio codec that has better quality than MP3), or FLAC (a lossless audio codec).
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