Fluendo Eyes Windows and OS X for Open Source Multimedia
If you run Windows or Mac OS X, you probably don’t think much about multimedia codecs. More likely than not, the vendor of your device figured all that stuff out for you before you bought it, probably using a licensed proprietary solution. But if Fluendo has its way, open source codecs may soon be breaking into the closed source market as well. That, at least, is what a recent newsletter hints.
Fluendo, based in Barcelona, traditionally has focused on legal multimedia solutions for open source platforms using the GStreamer framework, which is Free Software licensed under the GPL. Fluendo’s major customers have been vendors of platforms based on Linux or other open source operating systems who need legal solutions for items such as DVD support and video and audio playback and encoding.
Into the Proprietary World
In a newsletter recently distributed to press contacts, however, Fluendo hints at aspirations for expanding more firmly into the world of proprietary operating systems. As the release states:
“… in our humble opinion, GStreamer is the BEST multimedia framework on Linux, and we want to extend its use to span Windows and Mac OS X.”
Readers familiar with GStreamer will note that the framework already supports Windows and OS
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