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    Phoronix: H.264 / GStreamer Turned On For Firefox On Linux

    New builds of Mozilla Firefox for Linux now support H.264 video content in conjunction with GStreamer...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTM5NzU

  • #2
    Good, means more HTML5 on YouTube support

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    • #3
      But, but, my firefox had H264 through GStreamer for at least half a year!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by grigi View Post
        But, but, my firefox had H264 through GStreamer for at least half a year!
        By default?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Ericg View Post
          Good, means more HTML5 on YouTube support
          While i am not against it the main problem remains. Most websites still use h264 instead of something open. Apple as it seems is one of the main reasons for it.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by 89c51 View Post
            While i am not against it the main problem remains. Most websites still use h264 instead of something open. Apple as it seems is one of the main reasons for it.
            h264 is actually open, but patent encumbered; something that matters in 4 or 5 countries.
            In any case, it is time for h265, vp9 and Daala.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Artemis3 View Post
              h264 is actually open, but patent encumbered; something that matters in 4 or 5 countries.
              In any case, it is time for h265, vp9 and Daala.
              Which one of them is the US, where most computer tech is based and things like that matter.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by finalzone View Post
                By default?
                I was using the Gentoo ebuild, with the gstreamer USE flag set. maybe it was just enabling experimental code?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by grigi View Post
                  I was using the Gentoo ebuild, with the gstreamer USE flag set. maybe it was just enabling experimental code?
                  Most likely.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by grigi View Post
                    I was using the Gentoo ebuild, with the gstreamer USE flag set. maybe it was just enabling experimental code?
                    AFAIK you had to built it with gstreamer support -as in your case- to get it to work. I don't think any distro was doing that.

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                    • #11
                      That's the right thing to do...

                      ...after all, probably every piece of software is covered by some patent in the USA. FAT's short file names are patented, for instance, and Microsoft is very litigious about that. Yet I see the FAT driver enabled by default in every Linux distribution - so my first thought is, "why should h.264 be any different".

                      However, lest they be sued in the USA, distributions will probably not ship an h.264 codec for GStreamer by default... So the net effect, in the end, is that users will still see that many videos won't play on Linux out of the box.

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                      • #12
                        *Sigh* not nice at all imho. But hopefully we can now get webp on firefox, because what's your excuse for that one now? You can't give us "long-term good of the webs" and all that.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by peppepz View Post
                          ...after all, probably every piece of software is covered by some patent in the USA. FAT's short file names are patented, for instance, and Microsoft is very litigious about that. Yet I see the FAT driver enabled by default in every Linux distribution - so my first thought is, "why should h.264 be any different".
                          That's because Linux has a workaround for the short file names patent. Short filename are a relic of very old windows versions (3.1 etc) and not really used anywhere these days so the linux implementation does not fill the short name with an actual short name instead it just fills it with random junk characters. Whenever you see Microsoft sue someone over this ist not because they are stealing a useful feature its just because they want to hurt their competition.
                          Last edited by timothyja; 06-27-2013, 06:32 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by 89c51 View Post
                            AFAIK you had to built it with gstreamer support -as in your case- to get it to work. I don't think any distro was doing that.
                            about time, I would have loved webm to become the standard, but it lost the fight long ago so firefox not supporting h.264 was just annoying. The day is approaching where we can finally ditch flash for good

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                            • #15
                              this probably won't work on most newer distros

                              They've only enabled support for gstreamer .10, not 1.0, which is a separate bug.

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