March 5th, 2007

Hi guys, I just learned that the whole website of doesn’t use GIF images. I just read through the reason and was bombed :-)

Crux of the Reason: Unisys and IBM have patented the LZW compression algorithm which is used in generated GIF images. Read the full article.

Also, the page links to a library called libungif, which uncompresses GIF images written using the LZW algorithm and writes them in uncompressed format. The philosophy section of is very interesting. Please go through it.


4 Responses to “GNU & GIFs”

  1. Yuvi Says:

    Please don’t tell them that the word “Oxygen” has already been trademarked…

  2. Aswin Anand T.H. Says:

    Lol… they are one good bunch :)

  3. Yuvi Says:

    They are, but, I zealously hate zealotry….. 😀

  4. Aswin Anand T.H. Says:

    Me too… especially their badvista initiative. It earns them a very bad name.