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Ogg versus the world: don't fall for open-source FUD

May 03, 2010, 18:04 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ed Bott)


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"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:"

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