WMLUG Lucid Questions Answered

I gave a demo and talk about the newly-released Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx LTS at the West Michigan Linux Users Group last night. There were a few questions for which I had inadequate or no answer, so I will try to do cover them in this post.

A couple of people asked about the MP3 codec situation in the UbuntuOne Music Store. The following information comes from a section of the UbuntuOne FAQ:

Canonical has put effort into making the customer experience as effortless as possible. When you visit the Ubuntu One Music Store, it will detect if you have MP3 support installed. If you don’t, the store will install the Fluendo MP3 plugin for GStreamer. The MP3 plugin is distributed worldwide at no charge under a license from Fluendo. An Internet connection is required.

There were a few questions about quality, DRM, watermarks, and format of the music available. The following information comes from another section of the UbuntuOne FAQ:

Songs purchased through the Ubuntu One Music Store are available in high quality 256 kbps (sometimes higher) MP3 audio encoding and without digital rights management (DRM). MP3 purchases can be:

  • burned to a CD any number of times
  • played through any software on any type of computer that you own that supports MP3
  • synced to any MP3-enabled device such as a portable music player

There will be no embedded ‘watermarks’ of any kind on the MP3s in the Ubuntu One Music Store.

Some have asked for songs in other formats such as Ogg Vorbis or FLAC. Acquiring popular songs in this format was not possible at this time, but Canonical will continue to look for future opportunities to improve the quality of the songs found in the Ubuntu One Music Store.

A question was asked about whether the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud has an Elastic Block Storage component. I got the answer from this whitepaper which has a lot of information about UEC.

Yes, UEC does have an EBS component. UEC covers Amazon’s EC2, EBS, and S3 API and components using the Eucalyptus platform.

I think that covers everything I couldn’t answer last night. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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