30670737 submission Submission + - Mozilla caves, will support H.264 to avoid 'irrelevance' (engadget.com) Submitted by suraj.sun on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @05:47AM suraj.sun writes: It looks like Mozilla is ready to throw in the towel in its battle against the patent-laden H.264 video codec( http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/19/mozilla-caves-will-support-h-264-to-avoid-irrelevance/ ). Over the last week or so( http://news.slashdot.org/story/12/03/13/2027215/mozilla-debates-supporting-h264-in-firefox-via-system-codecs ), the software foundation has struggled publicly with whether or not to support the MPEG-LA-owned format. Now several of Firefox's biggest players have all come out in support of the move and all that's left is to actually bake the appropriate code into the browser. Both chairman Mitchell Baker( http://blog.lizardwrangler.com/2012/03/18/video-user-experience-and-our-mission/1234/ ) and CTO Brendan Eich embraced the decision this weekend, however begrudgingly, in blog posts. Both admit that success in the mobile space requires them to abandon the quest to make WebM the standard for streaming video in HTML5. Even with Google's support, at least on the desktop, VP8 was never able to seriously threaten the entrenched and battery-friendly (not to mention, Apple and Microsoft backed) H.264.