Disclaimer: This entry is full of half-facts and undirected sweeping swipes against all and everybody ... all this is only my personal opinion.
Furthermore I am I'll and have fever ... take everything with a grain of salt, please.
As you maybe have heard, JavaFX is bundled with ON2 video codecs. No idea who decided why to get this proprietary stuff into JavaFX. Even if ON2 is better than Vorbis - why not give users/developers the choice what to use?
After all, its just another proprietary codec - they could have used Vorbis based stuff without breaking any compatibility as far as I know.
Its like integrating just another binary plug, a plug that cannot be simply replaced by a community developed open-source version due to all the patent stuff. They did this after all the troubles they had with the binary plugs when OpenJDK was opened. Maybe the company behind ON2 decided to somehow pay money or share revenue caused by the success of their codecs boosted by JavaFX. Who knows.
I really like JavaFX, but looking at the video codec decision, I still doubt large companies are able to fully understand OpenSource. It isn't just a magical buzzword to increase your revenue.
Another example is Nokia - everything is well in their open-source universe as long as you don't dig deeper.
The bug with most votes is there since the 770 was released: Adding support for Ogg Vorbis audio playback to the device by default.
The N800 does support all the proprietary stuff like wma, real audio, mp3, aac ... but when MANY users ask for ogg the company is silent.
So what do users of Nokia's internet tablet get? They'll get support for Silverlight, I bet the stuff developed by Novell. Nobody opened a bug-report asking for silverlight support, but many asked for java support in the maemo-mailing lists.
Well, of course Novell's pushing of .NET into Linux doesn't have anything to do with their Microsoft deals.
And some former important developer now anxiously awaits advent of "his" technology conquering the linux world pushing it into Gnome. I doubt he will be celebrated anyway if that succeeds.
There seems to be a huge resistance against open standards, everybody likes squeeze money out of users, by not letting the users decide and forcing them into a format trap. And no, installing a WMA encoder with Windows by default is not choice in my eyes.
I am not against proprietary code, nor am I against large companies. I just would like to have the choice, and choice implies open standards.
By the way ... Merry Christmas :)