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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Hooray for Mozilla/Firefox!!!
by JeffS on Tue 26th Jan 2010 17:02 UTC
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First, they put out the best release of Firefox (3.6) in years. Next, they refuse to license/distribute appallingly closed and expensive codec for HTML 5 video tag.

Wake up everyone, the web is what it is today because of open formats. The post a while back about ActiveX put it perfectly. Imagine if Mozilla caved on ActiveX, a whole bunch of great stuff we have now would never have happened.

You willing deal with lock-in, you will always get screwed in the long run.

Apple and Google are two mega-corps who have in their own interests to squeeze out the smaller players, and corner video content. So it's in their best interest to force h.264 down everyone's throats.

But, the Mozilla foundation (and corporation) has balls, and refuses to play. Fine, allow a downloaded plugin, if users want it. But don't support it natively.

I was using Chrome and Safari, due to WebKit being so fast, and their JS engines being fast. But now that they are sneaking h.264 into HTML 5, I don't want to use them. Plus, Firefox is plenty fast now, and is just a better all around browser than the others.

Really, just think about it. HTML (4 and 5) is an open standard. How can we allow an open standard bake in a very proprietary, very expensive codec? That effectively closes down HTML.

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