Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Jan 2011 20:31 UTC
Internet & Networking And the fallout from Google's decision to drop H.264 support from its Chrome web browser continues to fall. Opera's Haavard - speaking on his own behalf - slammed the article which appeared on Ars Technica earlier today, while Micrsoft's Tim Sneath likened Google's move to the president of the United States banning English in favour of Esperanto. Also within, a rant (there's no other word for it) about the disrespect displayed by H.264 proponents towards the very open source community that saved and invigorated the web.
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RE: My own opinion
by M.Onty on Thu 13th Jan 2011 23:09 UTC in reply to "My own opinion"
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So, in my own opinion, Google is right to push WebM over the less open h.264 (you might remember my article about the crazy h.264 license found on ALL video h.264 cameras).

However, I believe that Google with fail with WebM. And while they're failing, the web becomes fragmented.

That top statement seems to have been lost in the (above) increasingly shrill arguments. So, to address that, I have a couple of questions for you:

1) Why are Google right to push a format you believe is doomed to failure?

2) By failure, do you mean a failure to completely replace h.264, or that is will be a flash in the pan format, soon abandoned?

3) Do you regard a fragmented web (with regards to video) to be worse than a web unified under h.264?

Expanding on the last question, it is my opinion that even if WebM cannot replace h.264 and that the best it can do is muddy the waters, it is better this than the wrong kind of unity.

Gratuitously pompous quote coming up ...

"Free men pull in all directions."

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