Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th Mar 2012 19:37 UTC
Internet & Networking Ever since it became clear that Google was not going to push WebM as hard as they should have, the day would come that Mozilla would be forced to abandon its ideals because the large technology companies don't care about an open, unencumbered web. No decision has been made just yet, but Mozilla is taking its first strides to adding support for the native H.264 codecs installed on users' mobile systems. See it as a thank you to Mozilla for all they've done for the web.
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RE[7]: Whatevs.
by umccullough on Thu 15th Mar 2012 07:00 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Whatevs."
umccullough
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2006-01-26

"It wasn't long ago humanity believed we couldn't learn more about physics. If there's something we know for sure it's that we never know for sure what we may come up with in the future. Any limitations put upon our own innovative capacity should always be carefully considered. For our own good.


Hey, I'm not saying building a competitive OS from scratch can't be done, just that you're gonna need an army of developers to pull it off, and probably working full-time.
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Why does it have to be built from scratch?

None of the current mainstream OSes were built from scratch...

Derivatives suffer the same plight - if I create a new Linux distro, am I licensed to distribute a working h.264 implementation?

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RE[8]: Whatevs.
by WorknMan on Thu 15th Mar 2012 07:27 in reply to "RE[7]: Whatevs."
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2005-11-13

Derivatives suffer the same plight - if I create a new Linux distro, am I licensed to distribute a working h.264 implementation?


I'm sure the same way it works for other codecs like mp3.

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RE[9]: Whatevs.
by umccullough on Thu 15th Mar 2012 20:12 in reply to "RE[8]: Whatevs."
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

"Derivatives suffer the same plight - if I create a new Linux distro, am I licensed to distribute a working h.264 implementation?


I'm sure the same way it works for other codecs like mp3.
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So no, I'm not licensed, and I just release it hoping that nobody will come after me even though the software itself is FOSS and every attempt has been made to work around the patents, thus potentially producing a sub-standard implementation that runs like shit on even the fastest processors.

Thanks for clearing that up...

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RE[8]: Whatevs.
by Beta on Thu 15th Mar 2012 14:25 in reply to "RE[7]: Whatevs."
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2005-07-06

Derivatives suffer the same plight - if I create a new Linux distro, am I licensed to distribute a working h.264 implementation?

Nope, you’re buggered.

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