concerning flash under freebsd

RW rwmaillists at
Thu Jun 17 11:33:27 UTC 2010

On Thu, 17 Jun 2010 03:51:40 -0600
Programmer in Training <pit at> wrote:

> Quoting Polytropon <freebsd at>:

> >
> > That's all within transition. Currently, big video portals are
> > moving to HTML5, often including the wish to also use free and
> > open standards for their videos so they can access a bigger
> That's a no-go, I have it on good authority that h.264 was chosen
> over Theora. That along with mpeg-la having put out a press release
> saying it won't charge royalties for "free" uses of some of it's
> patents several months ago[0], while I would love for Theora to have
> won out as the standard, once again corporate interest (this time a
> big push from Apple, from what I understand) has won out.

As I understand it, originally Ogg Theora was going to be the standard,
but it's now been left open instead due to uncertainty about Theora
infringing patents. Some sites are using Theora, but most seem to be
going with h.264. I presume that this is due to IE support for h.264.

I believe Google are going with h.264 and a newer BSD licensed  codec
they are sponsoring themselves as an open-source, patent-free

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