Translation of Gruber's H.264 Translation

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1/20/2011

This is my snarky translation of John Gruber's snarky translation of Brett Smith about Google dropping H.264 support from their Chrome browser.

For those jumping into the middle of the converstion: Brett Smith is part of the Free Software Foundation. Text from his post is indented twice. John Gruber is a blogger who is rather pro-Apple. His comments are indented once.

Brett Smith, for the Free Software Foundation:
We applaud Google for this change; it's a positive step for free software, its users, and everyone who uses the Web. For a while now, watching video on the Web has been fraught with peril. Most of it is delivered with Flash, which is proprietary, nonstandard software. Free software alternatives like GNU Gnash are available, but the user experience isn't always as seamless as it ought to be.
To say the least.

Apple is better than everyone. Free software sucks, except for KHTML and and Mach and anything else Apple wants to cherry-pick.

In order to make sure the Web stays free for everyone, we need a free codec to prevail as the de facto standard with HTML5. WebM can be that codec: Google provides a patent license with the standard that is compatible with free software licenses, and even got the development ball rolling by releasing a free implementation.
All it takes now is for everyone to switch entirely to free software. Easy.

Why would anyone use any of this free crap when you can buy things from Apple?

Some reaction to Google's move has suggested that it represents a step back for standards on the Web, because H.264 is supported by more hardware and software. Those comments represent a fundamental misunderstanding of the vision of the Web as free and unencumbered. We can only be free if we reject data formats that are restricted by patents.
This paragraph represents a fundamental misunderstanding that standards and freedom aren't the same thing.

Web standards are anything that Apple supports. Freedom is for loser hippies.

Today, we're also urging Web site operators to distribute videos in the WebM format, and abandon H.264.
Free beards for everyone.

Buy a Mac, you f-cking cheapskate hippies.

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