Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th May 2010 16:28 UTC, submitted by bnolsen
Multimedia, AV Yes, I broke my own rules and used a "breaking" modifier for this story (let me have my fun for once). Here we have it, as the rumour mill suggested, Google has released the On2 VP8 video codec as open source (royalty free, BSD-style), while also launching the WebM container format which combines a VP8 video stream with Vorbis audio. Support for WebM has been enabled on YouTube's HTML5 beta, and you can download patches against ffmpeg as well as DirectShow filters for Windows (Gstreamer plugins are labelled as "coming soon"). Mac users are out of luck for now; no QuickTime plugins have been announced yet. Update: The WebM blog is now open - and the list of partners is pretty decent already. It includes ARM, NVIDIA, AMD, Qualcomm, and many others. Update II: VP8 will be baked into Flash. Update III: The Opera labs version with WebM support has been released too, for Linux, Mac, and Windows.
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RE[6]: Someone will complain
by nt_jerkface on Thu 20th May 2010 05:20 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Someone will complain"
nt_jerkface
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Linux distros are all compatible ... they all use the same set of source code after all.


They take various parts from the same source pile with no goal of compatibility between them. They don't have application compatibility which is what matters when it comes to operating systems. They clash on all sorts of petty issues like where program files should go and which package format should be used.


You will have no trouble at all taking an aduio file prepared using an Ubuntu system and using it on a Fedora box. They are completely and utterly interoperable.


I can take an mp3 prepared in a Mac and use it Windows but that doesn't make the two systems completely and utterly interoperable.

If you create an audio application for one distro you can have problems running it in another due to incompatible audio stacks.


You really, really, really don't understand FOSS at all, do you?


You're the one that has a skewed understanding. Ever heard the term "to scratch an itch"? It's the rationale behind a lot of open source. It doesn't exist to serve users or produce compatible code for a unicorn collective. It solely exists to meet the needs of the developer. I don't have a problem with that but I do grow tired of naive FOSS advocates that think open source is one big people's movement.


Hardly. Google have announced 40 partners for WebM and today is only its launch date!


Those companies do not plan on building their own proprietary codecs from the VP8 base. Their plans are in fact irrelevant to the point which is that forking VP8 into a proprietary product is a sketchy proposition due to patents and the entrenched position of H.264. Utilizing VP8 as part of a video delivery service is an entirely different matter.

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