OpenSolaris ships Firefox 3.1b3 with Open Video/Audio support

Firefox 3.1 beta 3 has been integrated into OpenSolaris development build. The users for OpenSolaris 2009.06 will be able to enjoy a lot of new features bring alone. Besides all the improvements for performance/security/TraceMonkey and many more, open video/audio support is my favorite.

As people rely more and more heavyly on the Internet, Open Web is becoming more and more important for the Internet users across the world. From my perspective, one of the meanings of "Open" here is that everyone have the equal power to access/participate to the content on the Web. However, one of the problems is that the current web is full of patent-encumbered codecs, which means that not every users have the equal privilege. Open video is definitely one of the approaches taken by browser providers (including Firefox) towards an much opener web. The integration of Firefox 3.1 (later called Firefox 3.5) gives OpenSolaris users an alternative for an opener path.

For the technical part, Firefox 3.1b3 "supports the OGG container format with the Theora video and Vorbis audio codecs for the <video> element".I notice that some people argued that OGG Theora is inferior to H.264. Well, that might be the current status. As Mozilla grants $100,000 (USD) which is administrated by "the Wikimedia Foundation to develop and support Theora", I believe that this will be definitely improved in the near future. On the other hand, hope that other organizations/companies can join Mozilla to push the open video/audio forward.

For OpenSolaris users, the age for open video/audio is approaching!

Update: the Firefox 3.1b3 contributed builds for Solaris 10 is also available.

Comments:

Let's just hope the content providers jump on board

Posted by Che Kristo on March 25, 2009 at 12:36 PM CST #

So, after all OpenSolaris really is the One Operating System. Microsoft does not ship it. I hope they will also include a full GCC suite (along side their compilers), like MinGW, something also Microsoft does not offer.

Posted by Vasileios Anagnostopoulos on March 25, 2009 at 01:06 PM CST #

When you say "OpenSolaris development build", do you mean the upcoming snv_110 (due to be released today or tomorrow in /dev repo) or any other release?

Posted by Pablo Mendez Hernandez on March 25, 2009 at 03:59 PM CST #

@Che, hope so :)

@Vasileios, Firefox, as a browser, can't influence what's shipped in Windoz, a proprietary OS. Not to say GCC or something else. But I believe Firefox's 20% market share can play an important role for Open Video/Video/Web in the browser market.

@Pablo, Firefox 3.1b3 will be in b111. You can also try the contributed builds if you want: http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/3.1b3/contrib/.

Posted by alfred on March 25, 2009 at 04:18 PM CST #

Thanks for the information Alfred :)

Posted by Pablo Mendez Hernandez on March 25, 2009 at 04:47 PM CST #

Komik Video, Thanks for the report Ed. It was great meeting you!

Posted by Komik Video on April 07, 2009 at 10:13 PM CST #

I just upgrade my Solaris 2008.11 snv_101b box to snv_111a, and noticed there firefox also upgraded to version 3.1b3. But this shit doesnt work. It shows error :
ld.so.1: firefox-bin: fatal: relocation error: file /usr/lib/firefox/libuxl.so: symbol sqlite3_config: referenced symbol not found

sigh

Posted by Agus Sainjati on May 23, 2009 at 02:33 AM CST #

good expression amazing tips thanks for all information!

Posted by video on July 25, 2009 at 10:14 PM CST #

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