I've been thinking about this:
Ubuntu doesn't come with codecs for legal reasons. It would have to pay for a license to use those codecs, and it would need some sort of funding to be able to continue doing so (although, Mark Shuttleworth is a billionaire)
So, what about all distros? They each would have to probably pay large sums of money to just be able to have official multimedia capabilities.
But I've been thinking...what if we saved up money for GNOME, XFCEor KDE, and using a huge fund donated by the community, the GNOME, XFCE and KDE foundations could pay for the codecs to be used in ALL of their software, and any distro of Linux or BSD has permission to use them.
Would this be a feasible way to include codecs with a later (K/X)Ubuntu release automatically, making it even easier for out-of-the-box support? Would it benefit all (or most) distributions with out-of-the-box support?
What do you think?