[needs-packaging] FMOD

Reported by echoes on 2007-12-31
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Bug Description

FMOD is a commercial audio library made by Firelight Technologies that play music files of diverse formats on many different platforms. It is often used in games and software applications to provide audio functionality. FMOD supports a range of audio formats and numerous different operating system platforms.

FMOD comes in two flavors, FMOD and FMOD Ex. "Ex" is the designation given to the 4.x series of the library. FMOD alone refers to version 3.75 of the library, which lacks much of format/platform support present in FMOD Ex.

FMOD is available under multiple license schemes. It is available free of charge for non-commercial applications. FMOD may be used commercially under a number of different license types, such as Commercial License for standard commercial development, Shareware/Hobbyist License for single hobbyist programmers, and eDistributed Console Games for budget console game. Each license contains different restrictions, conditions and costs.

Applicable License:
FMOD Non-Commercial License

If your product is not intended for commercial gain and does not include the FMOD library for resale, license or other commercial distribution, then use of FMOD is free. Yes that's right, free from license fees!.

    * No license fees for non-commercial applications

Conditions/Limitations

    * When using this license, the FMOD library cannot be used for resale or other commercial distribution
    * This license cannot be used for products which do not make profit but are still commercially released
    * This license cannot be used for commercial services, where the executable containing fmod is not sold, but the data is.
    * When using FMOD, a credit line is required in either documentation, or 'on screen' format (if possible). It should contain at least the words FMOD Sound System and Firelight Technologies. Logos are available for box or manual art, but are not mandantory. An example credit could be:

      FMOD Sound System, copyright © Firelight Technologies Pty, Ltd., 1994-2007.

      Note this in advance, as it must be done before shipping your product with FMOD.

Available here:
http://www.fmod.org/index.php/download#FMOD3ProgrammersAPI

Hi,

If it helps, some works were already done for debian at :
  http://falcon.landure.fr/dists/edgy/dark-oberon/

And you can fetch it from my PPA too, it compiled on hardy

Regards

oh sweet! i thought that no one had packaged it yet. i added your ppa repo to my sources. thank you very much Philippe Coval.

Philippe Coval (rzr) wrote :

BTW, Please consider this as an opensource alternative to non-free fmod :

  http://sam.zoy.org/flessd

Regards

thanks Philippe Coval.
the problem is that the programs (mostly games, afaik) that require fmod require it because it is cross-platform. so the problem is that any alternative that isn't cross-platform creates a barrier to it being used.
for instance, i (beta/alpha) test skulltag, a zdoom port. i recommended that they switch from fmod to a different sound library like libavc, ffmpeg, sox, or something like that. they linux author said that since skulltag is based on zdoom, it wouldn't be easy to switch the sound library since zdoom requires fmod. an unfortunate situation, but its not impossible that it couldn't happen at some point.

vexorian (vexorian) wrote :

There's SDL and SDL_mixer which are quite cross platform.

fmod's producers should consider GPL, it really worked for QT, people will be allowed to do 'commercial' stuff but always following the GPL, if they want to make proprietary things then they would have to get a commercial license from fmod, so it will still work like now, yet fmod will be OSS.

Roy Jamison (xteejx) wrote :

Not in Ubuntu or Debian - Confirmed.

rdb (rdb) wrote :

I couldn't find any fmodex package for debian/ubuntu, so I made it and hosted it in this ppa:
https://launchpad.net/~panda3d/+archive/ppa/
Latest stable release as of right now. Would be great if this could be upgraded to 'restricted' or so.

Jörg Frings-Fürst (jff-de) wrote :

License:
FMOD Non-Commercial License
Conditions/Limitations
    When using this license, the FMOD library cannot be used for resale or other commercial distribution
    This license cannot be used for titles which do not make profit but are still commercially released
    This license cannot be used for commercial services, where the executable containing fmod is not sold, but the data is
    When using FMOD, a credit line is required in either documentation, or ‘on screen’ format (if possible). See credits section at bottom of page for more details

This is not compatible to ubuntu / debian..

change status to Incomplete

Changed in ubuntu:
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for Ubuntu because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in ubuntu:
status: Incomplete → Expired
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