Originally Posted by Glockpop
Open means publicly documented. It doesn't mean free and/or public domain.
The works of Shakespeare are open, free, and public domain
Linux is open and free (within the terms of the GPL), but not public domain
WebKit is open and free (within the terms of BSD) but not public domain
Android's "with Google" is neither open nor free nor public domain
Safari is neither open nor free nor public domain
W3C HTML is open and free and essentially public domain
VP6 is open and free but not public domain (but won't be free once the patents settle)
H.264 is open but not entirely free nor public domain
You don't have to lie about Android. http://source.android.com/
It's free and open and public domain. Why do you think so many phones have it? Why do thing there can be so many alternate UI designs with the same OS? Open in this case, means you can change it and use it freely to suit your needs. Google will never sue you, even if you create an OS of your own and distribute as an alternate Android OS. You could call it... Robot OS.
AppleInsider needs to really clarify their definition of Open. Anything that is riddled with patents that you run the risk of being sued over just for using is not Open. It's just as bad as Apple. Honestly, I would challenge MPEG-LA to sue over their codec. Just like Henry Ford tore down the illegally monopolizing patent for Automobile Engines, Google would tear down the illegal monopolizing patents of MPEG-LA. How can you monopolize a mathematical algorithm anyway? Really our patent system is broken. Software should not be patentable. Copyrightable... Yes. Patentable. No. After call, software is authored just like a book. Else maybe we should start allowing books to be patentable. I guess that would mean those that write books about a wizard can get sued.
Really you need to understand the problem with using H.264. It may be cool and all, but it will not work unless it truly becomes Open and Free to use.
And really, the author doesn't know a thing about Mozilla. Firefox works just fine. It's even faster than Safari. Maybe not on Apple machines, but neither does Flash. Does that tell you something? Apple's OS truly sucks at handling code other than their own. No wonder developers hate programming for that OS. Apple never supported developers, and until it learns how, it will never get love from them. Microsoft learned that lesson long ago. Now they have the best developer support sites, second to none.
Mozilla also added tabbed browsing long before Safari and other browser did. Here is the wiki on Firefox: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mozilla_Firefox
Honestly, any reporter that reports false and opinionated tabloid information, such as this, should not be a reporter. Get your facts straight and subdue your opinions before writing such a stupid article. And don't rely on one idiots opinion. And stop twisting the truth to support your arguments. You are not doing the world a favor by spreading lies and partial truths.