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Posted Oct 16, 2009 10:34 UTC (Fri) by tajyrink (subscriber, #2750)
It's not a big surprise that on a relatively open device you can install own software.
Posted Oct 16, 2009 10:58 UTC (Fri) by Jaffa (guest, #4327)
Nokia don't ship Ogg out-of-the-box, but you can get a tier-1 experience by installing a single package, so I really fail to see the point of people being puritanical about Ogg support.
Do you want Nokia to ship support out-of-the-box' Nokia to expose their lawyers' concerns; or Nokia to publicly endorse Ogg Vorbis et al (but still not ship it)?
Posted Oct 16, 2009 11:17 UTC (Fri) by rahulsundaram (subscriber, #21946)
Actual Ogg Support
Posted Oct 19, 2009 18:59 UTC (Mon) by divide_by_zero (guest, #60957)
Dissatisfied users asked for the opening of the code of the player and the crawler so we could really integrate ogg into the system, but it won´t happen for whatever reason. What I heard is that for Fremantle Nokia created a totally new and more open player and a metadata DB system, even based in a popular FLOSS program I am not familiar with. I hope ogg users won´t face the same problem in the N900, then...
As for being official or not, I'm not personally concerned. As I understand, the freedom fight stops when users are allowed to fix the system. We can't ask Nokia to be ogg enthusiasts and push it to the uninformed users.
One other concern that exists is whether the ogg codec has access to the same resources the other official ones have. If we can't make an ogg decoder use some specialized and closed DSP chip while the wma decoder can, that's reason to get angry. I'm not sure if that happens in the N900. I remember a discussion once where a Nokia person said that while that was true, the implementation of a non-official ogg decoder could still be made better than the official, closed and privileged alternatives... (Sorry for the excess of uncertain statements. :] )
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