[FoRK] The problem with Ogg...

Kevin Marks kevinmarks at gmail.com
Sat May 1 16:31:33 PDT 2010


I've been saying for years that h.264 was a crappy name, especially when you
have to qualify which layer and complexity you mean, but somehow it won
anyway.
Vorbis is a decent audio codec. Theora is a so so video codec.
Ogg is a dreadful file format.

On May 1, 2010 9:03 AM, "Jeff Bone" <jbone at place.org> wrote:


Cf.


http://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/04/30/237238/Steve-Jobs-Hints-At-Theora-Lawsuit

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.

Sheesh.


"FreeTunes" and "FreeFlicks" or whatever-the-fuck-but-anything-else, for
xsakes.



jb


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