Linked by David Adams on Tue 27th Jul 2010 07:35 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Linux Some people hate the idea of adding proprietary software to their desktop Linux. For these people, there are Linux distributions such as gNewSense that use only free software. For the rest of us, who use distributions such as Fedora, openSUSE and Ubuntu, there are times we either want to, or feel forced to, add proprietary programs such as Adobe Flash or Skype or the ability to play proprietary audio and video formats such as MP3 or commercial DVDs to your Linux desktop. Here's how to do it.
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lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

My post was sarcasm, sorry if you didn't catch that.

His post was originally voted down to -2.


I could be sarcastic but I won't be ... I'll just come straight out and say it. The web has non-proprietary requirements. Web technologies are required to be non-proprietary. It is the whole point of a universal-access web in the first place.

Quoting the ubiquity of h.264 in non-web applications such as Blueray players has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that h.264 is unsuitable for use as the web video codec.

Anyway, why don't you have a look at what can be done with open, non-proprietary, free-access-for-all-peoples-as-intended web technologies before you sprout your proprietary-is-best spam all over OSNews?

http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/Mozilla-releases-second-Fire...

http://hacks.mozilla.org/2010/07/firefox4-beta2/

Nice, hey?

We don't need no stinkin' Silverlight or Flash ... everyone can have a rich web experience, no matter what OS they run, and even if they don't have a desktop machine!

Enjoy!

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17



Next, Harding spells out issues with video streaming — namely, the fact that HTML5 doesn’t really have anything that matches Flash when it comes to dynamically adjusting quality control and buffering.


HTML5 itself doesn't have a two-way communication for dynamically adjusting buffering, but that doesn't mean that it cannot be done:

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/beta/features/
Web Sockets
Developers will be able to build real-time online interactions like gaming and chatting.


... and interactions like communication between the server and the player for dynamically adjusting quality control and buffering for VP8 video playback.

Edited 2010-07-30 10:07 UTC

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