[pp.int.general] PPI Conference - Streaming - Open Source
juca at members.fsf.org
Wed Mar 2 05:12:59 CET 2011
Does it work in Gnash or swfdec, the free software flash plugins?
It is apparently OK to do it the way you are doing it. But if the
browser-based player that works for almost everybody won't work in systems
that have 0% proprietary software installed (which includes not having Adobe
Flash player installed), then I think there should be at least an explicit
link near the video player that leads to a page with instructions on how to
watch the stream without having to install proprietary software (maybe the
vlc solutions you mentioned).
Even if it is nowadays a corner-case, or even if it is trivial to watch
using vlc, explicitely providing that tech info is a good political gesture
because it shows that we care about freedom (in general, but also regarding
software usage in particular in this specific case). Even better if the tech
info is followed by some political contextualization so that people can
better understand what is at stake. Believe me, lots of peope don't even
know there is an issue here.
I can help to write the text for that page if you provide me the tech info
on how to watch the stream without relying on proprietary software.
On Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 10:59 PM, Wolfgang Preiss <w.preiss at gmx.de> wrote:
> Dear Viewers,
> after my recent discussion with Richard Stallman I feel the urge to make a
> statement considering the used technology:
> Although people always say "it is a flash stream" the used player on my
> website is not the adobe flash player. I am using for a long time now the
> longtail open source player, named "JW Player" (more information can be
> found here: http://www.longtailvideo.com)
> This player is fully open source, however it needs to have adobe flash
> installed on your machine.
> Although I am aware this will not satisfy the open source community, I hope
> you understand that I will provide my services based on viewers needs not on
> political pressure on open source software.
> It is a fact, that there are more people out there, using windows than open
> source OS, and barrier free means that information must be available no
> matter what system they use.
> I took me quite a deal to have my stream available on all systems without
> the need to install further software, even on Linux and Apple OS based
> machines, which need to work without flash.
> The flash based stream (with an embedded JW Player) is an RTMP Stream -
> additionally I support an RTSP Stream which can be watched with open source
> players like VLC. Other Linux players have been tested successfully.
> The used audio codec is ACC - the reason is, Apple OS using Quicktime for
> playing the stream and also iPads do not support RTSP Streams with MP3
> Completely switching to ogg would destroy a barrier free streaming, after
> most users out there cannot watch an ogg stream without the need to install
> additional software, which I want to prevent.
> Best Regards
> Wolfgang Preiss
> Pirate Parties International - General Talk
> pp.international.general at lists.pirateweb.net
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