Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 31st Jan 2010 14:20 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Internet & Networking Despite the recent interest in adopting HTML5's video tag, there is still one major problem: there is no mandated standard video codec for the video tag. The two main contestants are the proprietary and patended h264, and the open and free Theora. In a comment on an LWN.net article about this problematic situation, LWN reader Trelane posted an email exchange he had with MPEG-LA, which should further cement Theora as the obvious choice.
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RE: It's comparable to MP3
by Fergy on Sun 31st Jan 2010 18:38 UTC in reply to "It's comparable to MP3"
Fergy
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Ok, there may be some problems with free software and there have been completely free Linux distributions without an MP3 codec, but this hasn't been a real problem because it's so easy to install one on Linux. After all, there are free and open-source MP3 codecs, because MP3 isn't patented in countries without software patents. And there are free and open-source h.264 codecs, too.

The most popular linux does not have mp3 support: Ubuntu
If mp3 gave such a big problem with the relatively lose restrictions imagine what the H264 monster will be.

Edited 2010-01-31 18:38 UTC

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