Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 16th May 2010 12:52 UTC, submitted by mrsteveman1
Internet & Networking Mozilla, sticking to its ideals of the open web, decided long ago that support for the patent-encumbered H264 codec would not be included in any of its products. Not only is H264 wholly incompatible with the open web and Free software, it is also incredibly expensive. Mozilla could use one of the open source implementations, but those are not licensed, and the MPEG-LA has been quite clear in that it will sue those who encode or decode H264 content without a license. Software patents, however, are only valid in some parts of the world, so an enterprising developer has started a project that was sure to come eventually: Firefox builds with H264 support.
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...and not using the native functionality is good how, exactly? I rather like video not using a ton of my CPU, and that requires taking advantage of various fully or partially platform-tied features, right now.

If that's not going to get used, then there's little benefit to using any standard MPEG codecs, and low-power platforms get screwed (in the case of the Atom, you get screwed anyway, but you at least have options to reduce the pain, like ION).

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