H.264 in Fedora 17!

drago01 drago01 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 20 21:27:13 UTC 2012

On Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 10:23 PM, Fedora Video <fedoravideo at gmail.com> wrote:
> As everyone probably knows, Mozilla has chosen to adopt H.264. They will be
> doing this by finally utilizing OS codecs instead of embedding their own.
> They have been quite clear that Linux would be supported too, so obviously
> this means H.264 in Fedora. With Firefox's adoption there will be no web
> browser supported on Fedora which doesn't support H.264 (Firefox, Chrome,
> and Konqueror), and not a moment too soon since flash support on Linux is
> going away.
> Why is Mozilla doing this?  It is clear enough: Non-support of H.264 is
> making them irrelevant. They've gone from the #1 browser to the #4 directly
> as a result of not adopting H.264.   H.264 is the only video that is good
> enough for the web and the alternatives are just as patented which is why
> Google did not make good on their commitments to deploy them. Even Youtube
> only offers WebM on a small number of unpopular videos: The bandwidth
> demands of a full WebM deployment would put them out of business and would
> break their site on apple devices which don't work if WebM is offered.
> Likewise, we see Fedora's market share dwindle as it is supplanted by Ubuntu
> and Debian both, not coincidentally, ship H.264 while Fedora has not.  There
> can be no question of freedom here since no one doubts that Debian places
> freedom as the highest priority. It is fedora's continued lack of H.264
> which is actually the violation of freedom. Who wants a desktop with zero
> video support?   Ffmpeg, VLC, Mplayer, gstreamer, Blender and almost all
> free software video programs are based on H.264 and Mpeg. Go look on pirate
> bay: No one distributes in anything but mpeg formats.
> H.264 is now free for the web and has been free for a long time. It is only
> foolish religion which has kept H.264 out of Fedora.


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