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[News] Why Free Software is Becoming "Required Label" and Flash Should be Made Free/Libre

  • Subject: [News] Why Free Software is Becoming "Required Label" and Flash Should be Made Free/Libre
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 25 Apr 2010 11:04:19 +0100
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ZDNet Asia: Open Source is no longer sexy

,----[ Quote ]
| If anything, âOpen Sourceâ is moving beyond 
| âsexyâ right into ârequired labelâ.


Adobe Should Open Source Flash

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| Even if Google opens VP8 there are slim 
| chances that arch rivals like Microsoft, 
| especially Apple, will adopt Ogg format, 
| despite its superior quality and openness.
| Google should add more weight to Ogg by 
| dropping support for proprietary H.264 and 
| encouraging usage of Ogg. Considering its 
| ownership of YouTube, Chrome browser, 
| Android and upcoming Chome OS, Google is in 
| a very strong position to boost deployment 
| of Ogg over H.264. IE is weakening; Firefox 
| is gaining market, Chrome is picking up; 
| Opera already supports Ogg, this would be 
| the best move for Google to 'force' a free 
| format.


Best of HTML5

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| Until recently web-based video relied on 
| Flash, Adobe's rich media language. But 
| HTML could put an end to that with its own 
| native video tag. In HTML 5 it is not only 
| as easy to embed a video in a website as it 
| has been to embed an image - using just one 
| tag - but it also opens the way for a host 
| of additional features. Using the HTML5 
| video tag developers can embed videos 
| without third-party codes and manipulate 
| the videos in real-time. A demonstration of 
| HTML5's video capabilities can be found 
| here.


Invasion of the .docs

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| The biggest worry in the transition was my 
| wife's school-work. She's working on some degrees
| right now, and she has to write an awful lot of papers.
| She also has to read a lot of .doc files. As a former Ubuntu 
| user, she also had some old ODF files lying around. 



Interesting times for Video on the Web

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| If I told you that Google had helped fund
| an ARM code optimised version of the Theora
| video codec, most peopleâs reaction would
| be immediately to skip forward to the next
| blog entry. Audio and video codecs are the
| classic example of things that no one cares
| about, until they donât work.
| Ask most computer users what their
| preferred video codec is and theyâll look
| at you as if you asked what sort of motor
| theyâd prefer in their washing machine. âWe
| just want it to work!â they say. In this
| regard, itâs exactly the same for content
| creators and publishers. Every visitor to a
| website that canât view a video is one set
| of eyeballs less for a message to get
| through to. It doesnât matter how clever
| the advertising is, how much time is spent
| honing the message or how many clever viral
| tricks are deployed to attract surfers to
| the site, the moment the page opens up with
| a big blank box where the content should
| be, all that has been in vain.
| [...]
| Fortunately, there is some good news in the
| form of HTML 5. This new version of HTML
| (the basic language used to write webpages)
| introduces a video element.

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