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Fluendo gives free access to mp3 proprietary codecs January 16, 2007

Posted by NAyK in Article Watch, Linux, Software.
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Well it’s happening! Linux is forging ahead, becoming easier to use. And, it’s a great journey to be in. (of course some will say that flac or ogg is best, but an easier crossover really makes things simpler)

This was just in,

“The Fluendo people have fully licensed the mp3 audio codec with redistribution rights in place, meaning that future versions of Fedora or Ubuntu will be able to support mp3 out of the box. “In order to improve the GNU/Linux and Unix multimedia experience Fluendo announced today the immediate availability of their MP3 plug-in for the GStreamer multimedia framework. The MP3 decoder is available free of charge both for individual end users and GNU/Linux and Unix distribution makers. In addition to making their licensed binary plug-in available to the public Fluendo also released the source code to this MP3 plug-in under the very permissive MIT license allowing all kind of developers and companies access to it.

Source: http://www.osnews.com/story.php/13078/Fluendo-Folks-Licensed-Mp3-for-GStreamer-Usage

It seems, however that Fluendo is into streaming video/audio and is supporting opensource codecs ogg vorbis/theora for that. Following is a selection of the interview with Fluendo’s CEO and co-founder,Julien Moutte.

2. Tell us a bit about the Ogg Vorbis/Theora codecs. How do they compare to the proprietary codecs technologically? Julien: Well I am really impressed by the Xiph guys, they have done some great work. Recently we took care of the streaming of KDE’s aKademy developer conference in Stuttgart using Ogg Vorbis/Theora, and I must admit even after having been working for over 6 years with Internet video streaming I have never seen such a nice picture/sound quality/smoothness for only 40KB/s! I’m very confident in the fact that these open/royalty-free codecs can compare with proprietary ones, and I am really sure that as soon as Xiph does a first beta release, a lot of very good hackers will optimize those codecs to get them better than the others. Our goal is that our effort, combined with those of the wider GStreamer community and the desktop projects will help spearhead the free formats into wider usage. To some degree we feel that for free codecs to really become important and dominant, the free desktops have to start making some serious inroads, because Microsoft and Apple do not have any interest in pushing free formats and codecs over their own.

Source (and full interview): http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=8218

Fluendo main site here.

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