Fluendo Makes New Codecs Available for OpenSolaris

If you've been looking for a legitimate set of codecs for OpenSolaris, Fluendo has just released their "Complete Set of Playback Plugins" for Solaris:

Here's a Windows Media Video playing in Totem :-):


don't wanna pay for thas...

Posted by Horst Barbski on January 16, 2009 at 02:55 AM GMT #

Yea man, get real. Who is going to pay for Codec at that price !

I don't need to pay in Ubuntu ?

Best Regards,

Posted by EdwardOCallaghan on January 16, 2009 at 04:31 AM GMT #

28 EUR for codecs?

What a holly commercial crap...........

Much better is use www.fravia.com way....

Posted by x on January 16, 2009 at 04:39 AM GMT #

Being a US company, Sun is subject to the licensing laws that encumber those codecs, and thus has no way to offer them to you for free (other than sucking up the licence fee itself for every copy of OpenSolaris in use, which isn't economical when Sun doesn't charge for OpenSolaris).

What Ubuntu does is up to them-- it's a grey area, but Sun is no different from Red Hat and many other Linux distros in having determined that there is no economically-legal way to offer patent-encumbered codecs for free to all the countries in which OpenSolaris is available to download.

Posted by Wildcat on January 16, 2009 at 05:07 AM GMT #

Will these allow commercial DVD playback?


Posted by Alan Pae on January 16, 2009 at 01:32 PM GMT #

Not on their own... the DVD decryption library is also required to watch commercial DVDs, and that's not part of this bundle.

Fluendo are also working on a DVD player app for Linux and Solaris which should be available soon, though: http://www.fluendo.com/shop/product/fluendo-dvd-player/

Posted by guest on January 16, 2009 at 02:33 PM GMT #

Who can, he (she) can compile and use gstreamer ffmpeg plugin, which covers very similar amount of codecs. There are also "bad" and "ugly" gstreamer plugins available.

Who cannot, he (she) can pay for this excelent codec pack.

Who cares about multimedia on Solaris, he (she) supports Fluendo hard work.

Posted by Milan Jurik on January 26, 2009 at 01:23 AM GMT #

I bought them and I'm quite happy with them. Sure it'd be nice to get them for free but I think the pricing is reasonable. I'm using OpenSolaris as my main day to day Operating System and they've improved the experience for me tremendously. I also use them under Fedora and they work great there also.

Posted by Greg Palmer on January 27, 2009 at 03:00 PM GMT #

I am an OpenSolaris user and very disappointed with Sun's decision of not offer free codecs for us. It's not a good way for getting new users who wants to use notebooks, for example, to hear music, watch dvd movies and so on... Come on... althoug Sun is a US company, it has world wide users and I thing that Sun should care about them who lives in countries without these restricitons. I have a notebook and I want to show to my friends how good is OpenSolaris and I can do anything using it, but, that way, it's the HIGHWAY...

Posted by Paulo Celso on February 02, 2009 at 04:41 AM GMT #

Why not simply install mplayer (http://www.mplayerhq.hu/images/screenshots/Solaris-03.jpg) with all codecs. Works fine for me.

Posted by +Yan on February 02, 2009 at 04:51 AM GMT #

>Come on... althoug Sun is a US company, it has world wide users and I
>thing that Sun should care about them who lives in countries without
>these restricitons.

Sun's hands are tied. Because they're a US company, they have to comply with US export regulations, even if the plugins were hosted outside the US. And since Sun are already 'on probation' following a previous infringement, there's no way they're going to risk a further infraction, even if what they were doing was "probably" legal.

Posted by guest on February 02, 2009 at 05:16 AM GMT #

Price looks good esp. given that I don't have to pay for the OS...I might spring for this :)

Posted by Dave on February 03, 2009 at 02:35 PM GMT #

If they're making a DVD Player, they should probably make it a Blu-Ray/DVD Player seeing as how the Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVD format "war" is over, and blu-ray readers are starting to come way down in price.

Posted by Folder on February 04, 2009 at 12:52 PM GMT #

Just pay! Just pay! Just pay! Finally you find that Vista licence cost the same.

Posted by Andrius on February 14, 2009 at 01:00 PM GMT #

Sun should work on Hardware support before they worry about making free codecs IMO.

Hard to get people to go to you OS when they have 4 systems that cannot run the OS (Lol?).

I guess I'll have to evaluate Linux distos, may renew/repurchase my RHEL subscription. Can't stand free distros. They install too much trash on you hard drive.

Posted by Nate on February 19, 2009 at 04:13 PM GMT #

> Sun should work on Hardware support before they worry about making free codecs IMO.

Or, they could just do both, like they're doing already.

Posted by guest on February 19, 2009 at 05:00 PM GMT #

Price looks good esp. given that I don't have to pay for the OS...I might spring for this :)

Posted by wow power leveling on March 12, 2009 at 01:29 AM GMT #

OpenSolaris-Multimedia-Codes -here we go again:

but ya I agree, obviously Sun builds hardware and software, i remeber when Sun "built" their own laptops(I bought one), a bit expensive but :)
Or, how about Sun/amd-ati (or even Sun-Intel now) building something nice again, -gawd knows they had good success before. Hardware built and optimized for opensource apps -now that would be cool. ?
'cause the competition between AMD and Intel is ripe for the picking.

I'm sure if Sun looks deep enough into their R&D cupboards they'll find what they need to pull this off. -yes Drivers'! :)

In the meantime, being toshiba is as of late, offering OpemSolaris pre-installed then under those circumstances charge a teeenie bit more but include the codecs,... and some good DVD-watching apps.

I'm all for paying for "quality" applications when need be, and since opensolaris is free, sure. -everyone else has to do it.

What I hope doesn't happen is the consumer (your real customers) ends up paying too much for ALL these little individual "pieces of the OpenSolaris Multimedia puzzle" -THAT could end up disasterously costly -the end result looking nuthin' more than yet another RedMond money-grab. -not good for an up n' coming OpenSolaris !

IMO... as long as the whole (opensolaris-multimedia) works well for the recommended architectures then I'll gladly pay for it-But only once every few years -anything more frequent and you'll lose me.


Posted by Rick on March 26, 2009 at 05:53 AM GMT #

I purchased these for my Ultra 20 and they work great. I recommend them to anyone using OpenSolaris on the desktop/workstation Previously I was using VLC but experienced performance issues when viewing h.264 content.

For those whining in this thread about having to pay...those are the breaks unfortunately, if you are a US company distributing patented codec technologies you have to cough up the cash to MPEG LA, MS, VIA et al. If you don't, you end up in court.

However there are many out there who will just refuse to sea reason and thrash around endlessly. If you believe that you can distribute such software without licensing you can try and do what the lifewithsolaris.jp group did ~6 months ago and build your own IPS repository with VLC, GStreamer, libdvdcss etc and help out the entire community. Sure it's not as fun as whipping sun but it's a hell of a lot more useful

Posted by Ché Kristo on March 26, 2009 at 06:21 PM GMT #

"Sure it's not as fun as whipping sun but it's a hell of a lot more useful"

And of course, they've had to stop distributing the codecs for free too. So it's not just Sun who have legal issues with this sort of thing.

Posted by Numpty on March 26, 2009 at 06:59 PM GMT #

God god People! Having been a geek since 1979 I am shocked that you cannot palyback MPEGs on your Unix, Linux and Solaris Boxes! I run Debian, Ubuntu, Solaris and windows 7..............never paid a penny to play a DVD or any other media file! Either pay up or do your easily done and easily installed codecs from repositories like we all do in the US of A! I cannot believe you guys would pay for what is easily found and installed on numerous media players!!!

are any of you older than the OSs you are using and bitching about....it sure seems like you all are......whiney noobs. Find a Geek or Hackster...they'll school ya and hook you up as we say here.

Old Fart Computer Geek from Cobalt

Posted by Kenneth Huffman on August 26, 2009 at 07:08 PM GMT #

I bought that codec set, and it's perfect. I don't have a problem to support companies (by a small amount) that somehow care about Solaris/OpenSolaris.

Posted by Lubos Kocman on May 15, 2010 at 03:02 PM GMT #

Kenneth is right - go and compile it & stop whingeing.

But "...they'll school ya..."? WTF?

Older doesn't necessarily mean better...

Posted by goodness me... on July 30, 2010 at 03:54 AM GMT #

On Solaris 10 it does not play.

Posted by Andrius Burlega on September 28, 2010 at 05:14 PM GMT #

I've paid for this product, and I'm happy that I can easily install a package on my Solaris/OpenSolaris/OpenIndiana platform that fullfills my multimedia needs.

Keep up supporting Solaris!

Posted by Robin Kjeld on October 21, 2010 at 09:40 AM GMT #

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