Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Jan 2011 17:44 UTC
Internet & Networking With yesterday's news that Google will be dropping H.264 support from the Chrome web browser, the internet was split in half. One one side, there's people who applaud the move, who are happy that Google is pushing an open, royalty-free and unencumbered video codec (irrespective of Google's motivation). On the other side, there are the H.264 supporters, who believe that H.264 is the one and only choice for HTML5 video. One of the most vocal and public figures in the latter group is John Gruber. Following his five questions for Google, here are ten questions for Gruber about WebM, H.264, and standards on the web.
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TechGeek
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2006-01-14

Free is EVERYTHING! I don't mean free as in no cost. The only way that open source browsers can support WebM is if it uses a free codec. Otherwise it will never happen. And considering most browsers in use ARE open source, isn't it really Apple and Microsoft who are being a bit inconsiderate?

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NeoX Member since:
2006-02-19

And considering most browsers in use ARE open source, isn't it really Apple and Microsoft who are being a bit inconsiderate?


Nah. Don't forget that the rendering engine behind Safari is Open Source. So if Webkit supports it then so will Safari. IE is well, IE. I don't have a problem with Microsoft making their own browser either. It is FREE, even if it is closed source, so it matters not in that avenue. Is MS and Apple being inconsiderate for not having Open Source OSs? No, OS X does not count because only parts of it are. I don't think they are because they are a business trying to make money, after all.

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