[Baypiggies] Talk about Django on Google Video?
bob at redivi.com
Fri May 5 22:58:31 CEST 2006
On May 5, 2006, at 1:39 PM, Andy Wiggin wrote:
> On 5/5/06, Bob Ippolito <bob at redivi.com> wrote:
>> Flash is ubiquitous and works decently in-browser.
> it's not really ubiquitous. At least, everytime firefox running on my
> powerpc linux box looks for a plugin, it's not available. I agree with
> the earlier post, that flash is closed, controlled and limited format.
> But maybe that's due to my powerpc linux box perspective.
It is absolutely the PowerPC linux perspective. The Flash player
ships with the other (only) popular PPC OS, and it can be made to
work on just about any of the x86 platforms (if one tries hard
The Flash format isn't entirely closed, and I don't even know what
"limited" is supposed to mean. As for openness, there are only two
proprietary codecs in Flash (Adobe licenses these from third
parties): On2 VP6 (video) and the Nellymoser audio (voice). All other
aspects of the Flash file formats are open -- either by reverse
engineering or published specifications (though the license attached
to that spec doesn't please everyone, it disallows creating a player
using that knowledge).
However, all of this is totally irrelevant to the initial question
because Google Video also provides DivX encoded video, and I'm sure
that the H.263 FLV files that google video produces are playable or
at least can be transcoded using an entirely open source stack
(though not conveniently in-browser AFAIK).
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