May 20, 2010

Linux Distros and the Codec Conundrum


Codecs have been the topic of much heated conversation on the Linux blogs of late, thanks largely to all the recent controversy surrounding H.264. Video compression, that is, and the technology that currently enables it in applications like Blu-ray Disc, YouTube videos and the iTunes Store. Cupertino loves the patent-encumbered H.264, not surprisingly; Microsoft does too. The open source community? Not so much. What's gotten the goat of many FOSS fans is that Canonical has gone ahead and licensed H.264 for Ubuntu, rather than using an open alternative like Theora.

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