Linked by Adam S on Tue 4th Nov 2008 19:19 UTC, submitted by Luis
GNU, GPL, Open Source Theora is a video codec with a small CPU footprint that offers easy portability and requires no patent royalties. While the Theora bitstream format was standardized in 2004 and our beta releases have been used by millions, this 1.0 release is an important milestone reflecting the maturity and stability of the Theora codebase. A number of leading multimedia web groups already support Theora. Upcoming releases of Mozilla Firefox, the world's most popular open source browser, will support Theora natively, as will releases of the multi-platform Opera browser. Top-10 website Wikipedia uses Theora for all of its video.
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RE: no hardware plays theodora
by lemur2 on Wed 5th Nov 2008 00:42 UTC in reply to "no hardware plays theodora"
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>no hardware (standalone dvd player, ipod, ps3 etc etc) can play ogg/mkv/ogm and all that stuff. and i mean without dirty unsupported hacks.

http://www.xiph.org/vorbis/hardware.html
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/software/0,1000000121,2121760,00.htm

Says otherwise.

http://www.neurostechnology.com/

Nice.

>just a note for the ogg developers, if you want to succeed, make an easy installer. and with easy i do mean easy.

Ogg is installed by default on most Linux distributions, and where it is not it is included in the package management repository, which makes it dead simple to install.

Ogg comes as a part of freedom-software players such as VLC ... it is installed painlessly with the media player.

AFAIK there is only one situation where ogg is difficult to get installed ... and that is in places where freedom-software is not welcomed (at least, not welcomed by the authors of the closed source systems, the user doesn't get a say here).

This means in effect that you might have a hard time installing ogg support on your Windows Media Player, on your Mac, or on your Nokia phone.

The fact that it might be difficult to install in situations like the latter sentence has absolutely NOTHING to do with Xiph.org.

Having said that ... it doesn't seem all that hard to do:

http://xiph.org/dshow/

Edited 2008-11-05 00:53 UTC

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