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Re: [Gnash-dev] release criteria ?

From: John Gilmore
Subject: Re: [Gnash-dev] release criteria ?
Date: Sun, 08 Apr 2007 04:19:23 -0700

> Actually GStreamer support is mostly working at this point. But it might be
> difficult to watch video without ffmpeg anyway, since there are very few h.263
> decoding plugins for gstreamer out there. Actually as far as i know there are
> only gst-ffmpeg and a non-free (in both the beer and freedom way) plugin made
> by fluendo.

If it's easy, we should make sure that the free Ogg decoders plug in
properly (Theora for video; Vorbis, Speex and FLAC for audio).  I know
Fedora Core 6 ships with these by default, which also makes them
likely to be present on the OLPC.  I think they're common in other
Linux distros.

I've been presuming that Lulu.TV will be offering videos in free
codecs (with the server transcoding for clients that don't support the
original format but do support other codecs)?  If not, why not?

There's a move afoot in the W3C to specify these free codecs as "must
implement" in the new W3c <video> extension.

Before (and after) bitching about the situation with proprietary
codecs, we should make sure that all of OUR ducks line up to make it
painless for free software users to use the existing free codecs with


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