Linked by Preston5 on Sat 27th Mar 2010 11:46 UTC
Multimedia, AV In January, we had read the various arguments regarding Mozilla's decision not to get an H.264 license. This has generated a lot of discussion about the future of video on the web. With Youtube, Dailymotion, Hulu and Vimeo having adopted H.264 for HD video, Mozilla and Opera should use the codecs installed on a user's system to determine what the browser can play, rather than force other vendors to adopt Ogg. Refusing to support a superior codec would be a disservice to your users in years to come. Why hold back the majority of your users because 2% of your users are on niche OSes?
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I remember when Firefox was Phoenix and you know what? It wasn't that remarkable. It certainly wasn't groundbreaking. And it definitely didn't make many IE users drop their coffee and utter "WOW!" It was a browser. It had tabs. It was hardly distinguishable from Navigator. Take it from one of the few nerds who got religion early on and tried to push it on all of his friends: It wasn't the instant hit you're portraying it as.

In essence, it was on par with IE, and almost nobody cared.

Then, something crazy happened. Lots of people got involved in the project (because it was a hell of a lot simpler than Seamonkey's codebase), it was adopted by the community, and it improved at a lightning pace. The impetus behind Firefox's rapid and dramatic improvement was not that it was immediately better than IE, but that it was transparent, that it was collaborative, and that it was the new community standard.

It grew into a product much better than IE, much faster than the IE team could adapt.

So please don't come in here and spout revisionist history. Firefox wasn't a slam dunk and this isn't, either. This will be another pitched battle between the proponents of level playing fields and the proponents of the proprietary status quo. In 5 years' time, some uninformed newbie will pop up on these boards and claim that "Theora was demonstrably better, and that's why it killed h.264" while we're arguing about the next open standards battle.

Same shit, different day.

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