[FoRK] The problem with Ogg...

Ken Ganshirt @ Yahoo ken_ganshirt at yahoo.ca
Sun May 2 09:40:47 PDT 2010

My kneejerk was, wtf is he on about now? But upon reflection I agree. I'm still using MP3 (Lame) for my own audio compression needs. Why? I had to ask myself that after reading Jeff's rant. And the answer was a little startling: The name Ogg Vorbis has actually kept me from bothering to look to see if there's anything better there. 

No analysis. No justification or rationalization. Just an unthinking reaction. Saw the name, never looked further. Interesting....


--- On Sat, 5/1/10, 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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