[vorbis] Xiph.org announces Vorbis Beta 4 and the Xiph.org Foundation
jack at icecast.org
Mon Feb 26 05:16:12 PST 2001
Long awaited, but finally here - http://www.vorbis.com.
Beta4 is out the door :)
Below is a copy of the press release, which you can find here:
And a Binary Freedom article that went out today:
Ogg Vorbis Creators Announce Formation of Xiph.org Foundation
Coincides with Release of Beta 4 and Major Licensing Change
Xiph.org, creators of the Ogg Vorbis audio codec, Icecast streaming media
server, Cdparanoia, and other multimedia software, are announcing the
formation of the Xiph.org Foundation. The Xiph.org Foundation will work to
promote the creation of free, unencumbered, and interoperable multimedia
standards. The Foundation has applied for nonprofit status, thus formalizing
the noncompetitive, research oriented nature of its work. The Foundation will
be seeking contributions from both corporate and private sources, with the
goal of enabling further development of the Xiph.org projects and building
a strong team capable of pushing the leading edge of technology.
The Xiph.org Foundation formalizes the relationship between the various
Xiph.org projects and the developers that produce and maintain these projects.
Board members will include Xiph.org creators and developers Christopher
Montgomery and Michael Person and Icecast.org founder and developer Jack
Moffitt, as well as other leaders and contributors. Participants in the
Xiph.org projects will also be involved in the foundation.
In conjunction with the creation of the Foundation, the Xiph.org developers
have released Beta 4 of the Ogg Vorbis libraries. This release features major
quality enhancements, optimizations, bug fixes, and other improvements. The
encoding and decoding speeds have been drastically improved over previous
versions. Sound quality has also increased dramatically in the latest
With the Beta 4 release, the Ogg Vorbis libraries have moved to the BSD
license. The change from LGPL to BSD was made to enable the use of Ogg
Vorbis in all forms of software and hardware. Jack Moffitt says, "We are
changing the license in response to feedback from many parties. It has
become clear to us that adoption of Ogg Vorbis will be accelerated even
further by the use of a less restrictive license that is friendlier toward
proprietary software and hardware systems. We want everyone to be able to
use Ogg Vorbis."
In response to the change of license, Richard Stallman of the Free Software
Foundation says, "I agree. It is wise to make some of the Ogg Vorbis code
available for use in proprietary software, so that commercial companies doing
proprietary software will use it, and help Vorbis succeed in competition with
other formats that would be restricted against our use."
Hardware and software adoption of Ogg Vorbis has continued at an unprecedented
pace. Ogg Vorbis is already one of the most widely supported codecs in
software. The Xiph.org team is also proud to announce that Ogg Vorbis is now
available in portable hardware form. Interactive Objects, Inc. has announced
the Dadio 2.0 operating system with Ogg Vorbis support. This will ensure that
many upcoming audio hardware devices support Vorbis playback. "iObjects is
happy to be the first to provide high-quality Ogg Vorbis playback for portable
devices. This development increases freedom of choice for portable users,"
said Mark Phillips, CTO of Interactive Objects, Inc..
Visit http://www.vorbis.com to download the newest beta release and new Ogg
Vorbis music tracks. Encoder and player software is now available for use
on most operating systems.
For more information about the Xiph.org projects, please visit
http://www.xiph.org. Additional information about the Xiph.org Foundation
will be available online soon. Interested parties or donors should contact:
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