Wednesday Mar 25, 2009

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.

Monday Jun 16, 2008

My laptop finally starts to sing

Thanks a lot for Minskey Guo's audiohd driver for OpenSolaris. My laptop finally starts to sing with Songbird on OpenSolaris 2008.05. Yeah!!


I live without sound for a long time as I have a desktop box that audio part works and no media player can meet my requirement. But when Songbird is available on OpenSolaris, I started to hate my DELL laptop(Sigmatel) for the missing audio driver. OSS is where I tried to find help first. Well, it works ... partly. It seems that OSS conflicted with some other part of the system, and sometimes hang the laptop. For some other case, the system will just reboot automatically several second after I login to the desktop. That's really horrible. It's sad that I can only remove OSS from my laptop to make it a workable system.


Just like the rainbow after the storm, the availability of the audio driver makes me feel that the whole world becomes even better.


Then what's the next? Power management? Network configuration? printer configuration? Or better media playback? We'll see:-)

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