Ogg versus the world: don't fall for open-source FUD
May 03, 2010, 18:04 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ed Bott)
"In the great human tradition of rooting for the underdog, it is
tempting to want to stand up for the tiny nonprofit against the
giant corporations. After all, big corporations lie and spread
fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD). The little guys just want to
spread the truth. Right?
"Not always. While researching the recent battle over H.264 as
the default HTML5 media format, I've discovered that open-source
advocates are just as capable of spreading FUD as those
mega-corporations. And the single worst offender is the Free
Software Foundation. The FSF has started a campaign called PlayOgg,
whose goal is to encourage the use of open-source Ogg media
formats. On the PlayOgg FAQ page, I found one whopper after
another, starting with this one:"