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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I've always wondered...
by madcrow on Wed 5th Nov 2008 15:44 UTC
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...why the MPEG standards comittees have been so gutless vis a vis pushing for the free implementabilty of their standards. Other major standards bodies OASIS, JPEG, W3C, etc have always operated under the principle that they needed to be producing standards that could be implemented (legally) by anybody from a 14 year old hobbyist to a multi-billion dollar international company and that doing so would incur no patent liabilities or liscensing fees. Even greedy, propreitary companies like Microsoft and Adobe allow for free access to and royalty-free implementation of a whole host of their standards and file formats. Nobody seems to have suffered from this, so why have the MPEG comittees continued to operate counter to general industry practice?

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