Hey all...maybe a Mac forum isn't exactly the most ideal place to post this, but I 've seen many Linux heads around this nick of the woods, so here it goes: I've been messing around with Linux for almost a year and one of the most common complaints people have is the general abscence of multimedia readiness distros have out of the box (which of course can be easily alleviated by a little tweaking or simply using distros like MEPIS or Linspire). In the case of Ubuntu, one downloads multimedia codecs by using things like EasyUbuntu/Automatix and/or enabling disabled repositories, which of course tends to be illegal in the United States due to patents and such. Now my question is, by illegal do they mean it's illegal for the distros to include these codecs by default or that it's illegal for the user to download and use them? Will I have RIAA-like organizations knocking at my door for downloading these codecs (ok, that's a bit paranoid, but how is it hypothetically enforced)? Also, distros like Ubuntu only include free (as in freedom) software by default because they don't want to get in that sort of legal trouble. However, if that's true, how come multimedia-ready distros like PCLinuxOS and MEPIS haven't gotten into said legal trouble?