H.264 in Fedora 17!

Simo Sorce simo at redhat.com
Tue Mar 20 21:39:23 UTC 2012

On Tue, 2012-03-20 at 17:23 -0400, Fedora Video 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.
> Mozilla and Fedora will not be alone in making this move. Today
> Wikipedia announced they would be abandoning Theora and switching to
> H.264 (they never adopted WebM).
> It is time for Fedora to stop promoting low quality, proprietary, and
> unlicensed video like WebM and Theora and adopt the industry standard
> x264.  Our political preferences are worthless if Fedora is
> irrelevant.  It is time to regain relevance!
Nice trolling, really, but too blatant.

Try again, you may have more luck next time.


Simo Sorce * Red Hat, Inc * New York

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