Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 24th Jan 2010 17:59 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones This week, both YouTube and Vimeo opened up beta offerings using HTML5 video instead of Flash to bring video content to users. Both of them chose to use the h264 codec, which meant that only Safari and Chrome can play these videos, since firefox doesn't license the h264 codec. Mike Shaver, Mozilla's vice president of engineering, explained on his blog why Mozilla doesn't license the h264 codec.
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2008-12-09

we're building machines displaying web pages on linux here.
we cannot distribute x264 without paying a few millions $$. we obviously do not have this cash. Hello, vendor lock-out overlords.

IT DOES NOT MATTER IF THE FUNCTIONALITY EXISTS AS PLUGIN, AS WE CANNOT DISTRIBUTE THE PLUGIN EITHER!

For what it's worth, we cannot even decode Apple trailers using "regular" mplayer plugin for this reason.

it does not matter that users have x264 installed illegally without getting troubles. what matters, is that it kills competition in the egg and ensure a de-facto monopolistic situation.

that's why mozilla is against h264 and they're damn right.

Edited 2010-01-26 13:27 UTC

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