[linux-audio-announce] AGNULA and Microsoft to partner for R&D

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Date: Thursday, April 1, 2004 - 12:56 pm

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[Sorry for cross-posting. Feel free to forward around]

Florence, 1 April 2004

+++ AGNULA and Microsoft to partner for R&D

The AGNULA project [0] and Microsoft Corporation [1] are proud to
announce that the AGNULA team will be merged as a research &
development unit inside the Windows Media department.

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The AGNULA project [0] and Microsoft Corporation [1] are proud to
announce that the AGNULA team will be merged as a research &
development unit inside the Windows Media department.

At the party that was held in Stockholm, Sweden, to celebrate these
news Tom Valenti, chief strategist for Microsoft Media, said that
"[Microsoft] is excited at the idea of being able to proprietarize so
many Open Source programs in one shot". Later on, Mr. Valenti's
office sent an official statement claiming the above sentence was just
"the result of mixing too many swedish and american drinks in just one
shot".

When asked for an opinion on the merge, Andrea Glorioso (former
technical manager of the AGNULA project) just said that "[people] can
do whatever they want with AGNULA - I just want this damn project to
disappear from my life".

Nicola Bernardini, former Project Coordinator, was reached on the
telephone while he was on a train towards Moscow. The line was quite
disturbed, but Mr Bernardini seems to have said something like "Yes,
you know, the point is that AGNULA as a project was finished for me
the day after it got approved - please talk to Mr. Glorioso about
these things (and so on and so forth)".

Rumours abound that the next big step for the AGNULA project is a
DRM-capable version of AGNULA Libre Music [2].

Stay tuned for more exciting news from the Microsoft-AGNULA Media
research unit!

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About AGNULA: Agnula (acronym for A GNU/Linux Audio distribution,
pronounced with a strong g) is the name of a project funded until
April 2004 by the European Commission (number of contract:
IST-2001-34879; key action IV.3.3, Free Software: towards the critical
mass). After the end of the funded period, AGNULA is continuing as a
volunteer based project, aiming to spread Libre Software in the
professional audio/video arena.

About Microsoft: Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the
worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for
personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of
products and services designed to empower people through great
software -- any time, any place and on any device.

Best regards,

--
The AGNULA Team info@agnula.org
Our mailing lists: http://lists.agnula.org/
Our web site: http://www.agnula.org/
"There's no free expression without control on the tools you use"

[0] http://www.agnula.org/
[1] http://www.microsoft.com/
[2] http://muzik.agnula.org/

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