Spread Open Media: Free Formats Benefit Free Software
Sep 16, 2007, 12:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"When and why was Spread Open Media started?
SOM started somewhere in March or April of this year. The Xiph.Org
Foundation lacked a portal or even a community that bothered to
promote their formats. I reckon there's a lot of hatred, or may
hatred is much of a strong word, say dislikeness towards free
formats, even from FS fans. When they perceive it as a threat
against their pirate collection of MP3 albums and Xvid films, they
become defensive and fail to understand that free software without
Open Media is nothing. What's the whole point of making source code
available and free to change when the files the programs are
supposed to deal with are proprietary and heavily patented...?"