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
Member since:
2006-04-10

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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RE[2]: It's comparable to MP3
by darknexus on Sun 31st Jan 2010 23:08 in reply to "RE: It's comparable to MP3"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

"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
"

Not install by default, but the first time you attempt to play an mp3 file it will gladly install it for you.

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RE[3]: It's comparable to MP3
by Fergy on Mon 1st Feb 2010 07:16 in reply to "RE[2]: It's comparable to MP3"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Not install by default, but the first time you attempt to play an mp3 file it will gladly install it for you.

Not really the point though. You are not free to implement mp3 in your software or device.

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