Linked by David Adams on Tue 27th Jul 2010 07:35 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Linux Some people hate the idea of adding proprietary software to their desktop Linux. For these people, there are Linux distributions such as gNewSense that use only free software. For the rest of us, who use distributions such as Fedora, openSUSE and Ubuntu, there are times we either want to, or feel forced to, add proprietary programs such as Adobe Flash or Skype or the ability to play proprietary audio and video formats such as MP3 or commercial DVDs to your Linux desktop. Here's how to do it.
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Shooting yourself in the foot.
by westlake on Tue 27th Jul 2010 14:48 UTC
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When everything of interest in FOSS is ported to OSX and Windows there is no very compelling reason to migrate to Linux.

When you add barrriers to the port of the successful proprietary app to Linux, you make a bad case for migration even worse.

H.264 is deeply, deeply, entrenched outside the web. In theatrical production, broadcast, cable and sattelite distribution, cellular, home video, industrial and military applications.

The MPEG LA licensors are dominated by manufacturers, and in particular the Asian mega-corporations like Samsung, Sony, Toshiba and Mitsubishi. Google is big, but not that big.

The web is not the world, after all - and new standards can - and will - evolve in environments wholly outside the geek's control, even when the geek is as rich as Google.

That is why Canonical licensed H.264 for its OEM distributions.

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