Linked by Adam S on Tue 4th Nov 2008 19:19 UTC, submitted by Luis
GNU, GPL, Open Source Theora is a video codec with a small CPU footprint that offers easy portability and requires no patent royalties. While the Theora bitstream format was standardized in 2004 and our beta releases have been used by millions, this 1.0 release is an important milestone reflecting the maturity and stability of the Theora codebase. A number of leading multimedia web groups already support Theora. Upcoming releases of Mozilla Firefox, the world's most popular open source browser, will support Theora natively, as will releases of the multi-platform Opera browser. Top-10 website Wikipedia uses Theora for all of its video.
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RE: Meh
by Kroc on Wed 5th Nov 2008 10:20 UTC in reply to "Meh"
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2005-11-10

It's free to implement, and that makes all the difference.

If Mozilla wanted to use H.264 they'd have to pay a licence for each user of Firefox, and it could only be included in official builds from Mozilla - which would rule out H.264 support for Mozilla's unofficially supported platforms such as anything x64, BeOS, OS/2, Solaris &c.

Ogg is going to become relevant by it's inclusion into browsers.

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