> Exactly how WebM is hopeless? IIRC, most of the video on the web are coming out of youtube and they are available as webm.
As one of the TFAs noted, only ad-free content on YouTube is WebM. But almost everything popular has ads (sometimes because nefarious organizations claim copyright to works they don't own, there was a sad case of this with birdsong a few weeks back in the news).
> HW support for it is coming, but of course hw is slow, so some more time is needed.
It has been several years, and still no shipping hardware. We can continue to hope for that, but the company that holds the keys to utilizing that hardware is Google, who controls YouTube and Android. But Google has not even removed H.264 from Chrome on desktop which it promised. So Google's commitment to WebM hardware is uncertain at best.
> Last, but not least, it's sad to see firefox too putting mobile ahead of everything else (after KDE and GNOME doing so). As a heavy desktop person, who doesn't have or care for a smartphone, this is very annoying.
Agreed, I'm a heavy desktop person without a smartphone too. Proud owner of a (almost always off) dumbphone. We are relics of an earlier age, though, if you look at the numbers ;) so it isn't surprising KDE, GNOME, Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Apple are all focusing on mobile these days.