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.

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