[FoRK] The problem with Ogg...
jbone at place.org
Sat May 1 09:02:34 PDT 2010
Let's be clear up front: I'm no fan of software patents and, in particular, absolutely despise this whole war-against-everybody tack that Apple and others are taking with respect to patents and codecs for audio and video. The latter is tempered only by conviction that a market abhors a monopoly and always finds a workaround, eventually.
But here's the problem with "Ogg Vorbis" and "Ogg Theora."
The fucking names. The fucking Dungeons and Dragons, too-much-bad-pulp-fantasy, too-much-Discworld-and-NetTrek-and-Max-Headroom, nothing-to-do-with-the-fucking-topic, only-a-geek-could-love-em names. Perhaps the worst choices in naming of *vitally important* open source efforts *ever.*
Yeah, Apple (and various others) have a massive PR problem at the moment. The Good Guys shot themselves in their fake-chainmail-clad Society For Creative Anachronism-loving feet right out the 'chute with this shit. Apple may have a PR problem, but Xiph / Ogg has a "the mainstream will always have almost no fucking clue what your shit *IS* much less why it matters" problem.
"FreeTunes" and "FreeFlicks" or whatever-the-fuck-but-anything-else, for xsakes.
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