The Medibuntu Project Comes To An End

The Medibuntu Project Comes To An End

It is clear that when something becomes useless it goes straight to the trash. Do you guys remember the Medibuntu project?  I have some bad news for Medibuntu fanboys. If you remember this project  it is time so say goodbye to it, because the project is now considered abandoned  and the Medibuntu repository has been unmaintained for several months. For those of you who don’t  have any idea what Medibuntu is, don’t worry, we are here to explain everything to you.

Medibuntu stands for Multimedia, Entertainment & Distractions In Ubuntu. It is  a repository of packages that cannot be included into the Ubuntu distribution for legal reasons (copyright, license, patent, etc).

Some Of The Reasons Are:

– patentability of software, algorithms, formats and other abstract creation
– legal restrictions on freedom of speech or communication
– restrictions on the use of certain types of technical solution, such as cryptography
– legal restrictions on imports of software technology, requiring for example specific permissions

Gauvain Pocentek, made a announcement on 2013-09-11 for Medibuntu and he recommends Medibuntu users to disable the repository if they are using it.

“The Medibuntu repository has been unmaintained for several months, and has become more and more useless over the years. The project is now considered abandoned, and we recommend to disable the repository if you are using it.”, Gauvain writes.

You can read more details in the official announcement here.

7 Comments on this Post

  1. :(

  2. ;^)

  3. :/

  4. Eddie O'Connor

    Sad to see ’em go, but it was definitely a fun ride!

  5. jgmitzen

    The article didn’t really explain anything. I’m still left wondering why the project has become useless (not a Ubuntu user). Is it because these things are now in the main repos, or because no one needs these types of programs anymore because open source replaces them, has another project stepped up to serve the same needs, or are users left wanting?

  6. PPA’s and more rescricted software in the main repo has basically replaced the need for medibuntu.

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