Free VP8 vs. Ogg/Theora

The Free Software Foundation has suggested to Google that it might want to make VP8 “irrevocably royalty free” (whatever that means—will it cover future developments of VP8?). Of course at the same time they argue that Ogg/Theora is as-good-or-better than H264 and of course it’s both open source and royalty free. I’m not sure if […]

Google, On2, and Onward for <video>

Google’s recently announced acquisition of On2 paves the way for the possibility of a Flash-free future (F-cubed?). With Adobe’s desire to push all of its most annoying technologies into Flash (witness the recent vulnerabilities caused by the interplay between PDF and Flash), the unpleasantness of Flash and the need to have it in order to […]