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Posted in News Roundup at 5:23 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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  1. David Gerard said,

    July 31, 2008 at 6:22 pm


    The Ogg Theora thing is a big win for FOSS. Particularly as Wikimedia has been desperately waiting for this – remember, we only allow Theora videos. The WMF installation of MediaWiki does allow the <video> tag if supported by the browser, but it’s presently the last option as browser support is still really crappy. But with people beating on the Firefox nightlies and generating bug reports and crash reports, it may be in better shape by 3.1-final than the current option, which is Cortado under Java!

    (WMF does allow a little bit of Java into the system software. That’s because so far Sun have been making good on everything they promised with freeing Java, so we think it unlikely they’ll embarrass us at this stage.)

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    July 31, 2008 at 11:31 pm


    I believe that Firefox (Mozilla) did this because it realised the threat of a proprietary Web. Opera too recently started Ajax/standards seminars because it sees it under threat by lazy developer that champion the binary SDKs and binary page content/viewer (which Google and Yahoo now encourage by indexing!).

  3. aaaa bbbb said,

    August 1, 2008 at 1:00 am


    Wasn’t there a screenshot (ages ago) of a WinUpdate-server running on GNU/Linux?

  4. Roy Schestowitz said,

    August 1, 2008 at 1:13 am


    IIRC. Microsoft.com had it Flash preloader running fedora. Hotmail might still run on FOSS.

  5. David Gerard said,

    August 1, 2008 at 5:41 am


    “I believe that Firefox (Mozilla) did this because it realised the threat of a proprietary Web” – very likely. But it’s worth noting the <video> element was proposed by Apple for use in Safari! It’s just Firefox and Opera (in a labs experimental build, not in actual release-line stuff) have been the first to implement it with Ogg in place.

    The main vector of attack for Apple would be to put up a metric buttload of H.264 or similar encumbered-format content themselves.

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