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 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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there are at least two open Flash-players that I know of (Gnash and Gameswf).

Just a minor correction, but Gnash is derived from GameSWF, and GameSWF is meant for custom applications, not for general web browsers. Swfdec is the other major open source Flash implementation that is meant for web use.

On a side note, I would really like to see Gnash and Swfdec combine forces. I think a lot of effort is wasted. But it is their choice, and I respect that. Fortunately, Flash is becoming less and less important anyway. The fact that a company like Apple would not include it in a product like the iPad signifies that it is not entirely necessary anymore.

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