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Fluendo Makes New Codecs Available for OpenSolaris

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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 :-):

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Comments ( 23 )
  • Horst Barbski Friday, January 16, 2009

    don't wanna pay for thas...

  • EdwardOCallaghan Friday, January 16, 2009

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

    I don't need to pay in Ubuntu ?

    Best Regards,


  • x Friday, January 16, 2009

    28 EUR for codecs?

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

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

  • Wildcat Friday, January 16, 2009

    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.

  • Alan Pae Friday, January 16, 2009

    Will these allow commercial DVD playback?



  • Milan Jurik Monday, January 26, 2009

    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.

  • Greg Palmer Tuesday, January 27, 2009

    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.

  • Paulo Celso Monday, February 2, 2009

    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...

  • guest Monday, February 2, 2009

    >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.

  • Dave Tuesday, February 3, 2009

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

  • Folder Wednesday, February 4, 2009

    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.

  • Andrius Saturday, February 14, 2009

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

  • Nate Thursday, February 19, 2009

    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.

  • guest Thursday, February 19, 2009

    > 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.

  • wow power leveling Thursday, March 12, 2009

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

  • Rick Thursday, March 26, 2009

    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.


  • Ché Kristo Thursday, March 26, 2009

    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

  • Numpty Thursday, March 26, 2009

    "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.

  • Kenneth Huffman Wednesday, August 26, 2009

    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

  • Lubos Kocman Saturday, May 15, 2010

    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.

  • goodness me... Friday, July 30, 2010

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

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

    Older doesn't necessarily mean better...

  • Andrius Burlega Tuesday, September 28, 2010

    On Solaris 10 it does not play.

  • Robin Kjeld Thursday, October 21, 2010

    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!

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