AMEN to that!!!Upholding the spirit of open source is one thing. Becoming a
profitable business is another. I understand the philosophical
reasons behind their decision, I just hope it doesn't come at
the cost of eventually going out of business because they continue to
fail becoming profitable.
True.As great as OGG is, it is not viable at this time to the general market. Maybe that will change but right now it's going to hurt Redhat because all of the other distros, that also support the spirit of open source, are offering mp3 decoding in their products.
I'm on Redhat's side here, I just want them to succeed.
Technically superior doesn't always cut it. <*SIGH*> ... here we go again,
Do you think that the same group that is complaining about not having MP3 support would be willing to go out an *BUY* this add-on pack? In order to make financial sense you have to be getting some revenue for the expenditure. No, they would complain about Red Hat trying to sell this add on pack and download the plug-ins that are available now.
MP3 took off because it was free (as in beer). That is it. There have been other, technically superior codecs developed, but most are not cross platform or Free (as in beer or speech). OGG is technically superior to MP3, cross platform and Free (as in speech).
The problem here is that like Real Audio, and Flash, mp3 / mpeg are not justFace it there is no audio codec "market". Everyone wants it free (as in beer). You can't please everyone, all the time. Red Hat has decided for
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