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Fedora 8's solution is to include Codec Buddy, and point it toward's Fluendo's legal but non-free codecs. At the same time, Codec Buddy opens with a message that "Fedora does not condone the use of audio and video codec that require patent licenses to be written and/or distributed. Due to the existence of such patents,
I would like to announce the immediate release of Fuduntu Linux version 14.7. This version brings minor changes to the OS defaults, and fixes a few bugs. All changes released in the ISOs are available as updates to current Fuduntu users, so if you are already using Fuduntu and have installed the latest updates, no action is required on your part.
Fluendo S.A., the popular software company that offers audio and video codecs for various Linux distributions, such as Mandriva, proudly announced yesterday evening (July 2nd) the immediate availability of a new solution to legally play DVD-Video discs.
Despite all its advances, GNU/Linux remains weak in its support for proprietary audio and video codecs. Because these codecs are often encumbered by patents, distributions must choose either to include support of questionable legality or else exclude it altogether.
As you probably know, a Google I/O conference was held today and a lot of blogs said they will announce big things. And big it was: Google officially announced the release of an open source, royalty-free video format called WebM which will be using the VP8 codec Google aquired from On2 as well as Vorbis audio.
Ever since Google announced its purchase of video codec company On2 in August 2009, there's been an expectation that On2's VP8 codec would someday be open-sourced and promoted as a new, open option for HTML5 video. An open VP8 would offer comparable quality to H.264, but without the patent and royalty encumbrances that codec suffers.
Shortly before announcing its decision to remove H.264 support for HTML5 video from Chrome, Google's codec developers submitted an I-D of its VP8 Data Format and Decoding Guide to the IETF with a request for comments. The document provides a detailed description of the bitstream format and the decoding mechanism used for the VP8 video codec.
Moovida, formerly called Elisa, is a cross-platform (Windows and Linux) media suite sponsored by Fluendo. The test installation used version 1.0.9. The program has promise, notably in its elegant design. But it faltered in some areas of performance, and could use some polishing.