Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th May 2010 19:23 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes There's one complaint we here at OSNews get thrown in our faces quite often: what's up with the lack of, you know, operating system news on OSNews? Why so much mobile phone news? Why so much talk of H264, HTML5, and Flash? Where's the juicy news on tomorrow's operating systems? Since it's weekend, I might as well explain why things are the way they are. Hint: it has nothing to do with a lack of willingness.
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apoclypse
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2007-02-17

Again with this FUD. There is nothing stopping developers from implementing h.264 anywhere, the only criteria is that you pay the licensing fee, and that depends on the amount of users who are going to use it. Apple is actually helping alternate operating systems by 1) developing webkit which can be freely implemented on other OSes and 2) by pushing web standards like HTML5 over a closed plugin that has no chance in hell to get ported to your small niche OS. Regardless of their agenda for doing so. That ensures that any developer who can follow a spec can implement their own browser. Apple even removed all of the platform and QT specific parts of KHMTL to make it easier to port. hey could have just tied it to their OS but they didn't.

I'm kind of getting tired of the agenda being pushed here and the spreading of misinformation as fact, or how selective people are with information when when it comes to feeding their agenda.

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Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Again with this FUD. There is nothing stopping developers from implementing h.264 anywhere, the only criteria is that you pay the licensing fee, and that depends on the amount of users who are going to use it. Apple is actually helping alternate operating systems

I'm kind of getting tired of the agenda being pushed here and the spreading of misinformation as fact, or how selective people are with information when when it comes to feeding their agenda.

Having to pay a license fee goes against open source so the minute an application or OS uses h.264 it stops being open source.
With huge projects such as Linux or Firefox why are you willing to pay for less than 1% of the codebase? What if you had to license every piece of software in your distribution?

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apoclypse Member since:
2007-02-17

Again open does not equate opensource or free. People have to really start to get that distinction. Something that is fully specced and open for others to implement does not mean its free. Besides the best h.264 encoder on the market (x264) is actually fully opensource. They don't seem to have any issues and the product is used heavily by content producers, because it really is really good at what it does compared to the competition.

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