[Foundation-l] Re: [Wikitech-l] File format policy

henna hennar at gmail.com
Tue Feb 14 12:22:56 UTC 2006

On 2/14/06, Brion Vibber <brion at pobox.com> wrote:
> Gregory Maxwell wrote:
> > A huge amount of streaming video on the Web requires codec downloads,
> > but Windows Media player will autodownload most of them, although it
> > will not autodownload theora this is why the en vogue video glurge
> > sites use flash based players.
> >
> > If you want mostly painless universial support for Windows users, what
> > you should be arguing for is a java Wikipedia player (which is
> > certantly possible).
> Fluendo's got a GPL'd Java applet player that can play streaming Ogg Vorbis and
> Theora. I've tossed up a quick test page using a random short video clip I
> grabbed off of Commons:
> http://test.leuksman.com/video/
> Seems to work for me in:
> * Mac OS X 10.4: Safari 2
> * Mac OS X 10.4: Firefox 1.5
> * Windows XP SP2: IE 7
> * Windows XP SP2: Firefox 1.5
> I haven't tested other systems extensively but would like to see some
> compatibility feedback.
> NullC reports it works with gcjwebplugin on Linux/Firefox, though perhaps slowly.
> Unfortunately the market penetration of Java on Windows and Linux isn't what it
> was at the peak of the browser wars; Microsoft no longer seems to bundle Java
> and many Linux distributions still aren't shipping a Java plugin. So it may
> require some people to separately download and install Java.

Java seems to be popluar for things like onilne banking, so lots of
ppl have it anyways. At least I've never seen it not isntalled on my
parents comps even tho I can't remember that I installed it.


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