[ubuntu-studio-devel] What should be included by default in Trusty?

lukefromdc at hushmail.com lukefromdc at hushmail.com
Thu Feb 13 20:24:58 UTC 2014

A straight PCM file for audio can be 50MB for a few minutes, many websites
refuse them because of their size and on a mobile connection people can't 
spare the bandwidth. There are also uncompressed video files, in 1080p they
are so big they cannot be played back from a single hard drive in some cases,
I've seen over 11GB for a <10 minute video.

Back in 2004, I found that .wav files were refused by the web hosts I used, and
when I tried .ogg audio, I got nothing but complaints by people who could not
open them. That was the end of my experiments with free codecs.

In my community, there are lots of default XP machines, not a single Ubuntu 
machine without codec support added. That tells me what I need to target with
output files.

On 02/13/2014 at 3:17 PM, "Ralf Mardorf" <ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net> wrote:
>On Thu, 2014-02-13 at 15:06 -0500, lukefromdc at hushmail.com wrote:
>> I don't know of any video codec which can be played on a default 
>install of Windows
>> XP, a default install of say, Ubuntu Dapper, and gives any 
>reasonable degree of 
>> compression.
>> At any event, the whole point of free software is that I decide 
>what to do with my 
>> computers, nobody else does.
>> On 02/13/2014 at 3:05 PM, "Ralf Mardorf" <ralf.mardorf at alice-
>dsl.net> wrote:
>> >
>> >On Thu, 2014-02-13 at 14:59 -0500, lukefromdc at hushmail.com 
>> >> everything I publish must be playable on a WinXP machine
>> >
>> >+ on a completely FLOSS Linux machine.
>> >
>> >Really, XP is a Windows I care about, but more important are 
>> >machines, even without the proprietary flashplayer that still is
>> >available by all major distros.
>Fortunately we could use clean PCM audio files for audio. Sure, 
>the .wav format was invented by M$, but who cares, it's not a 
>codec, but
>clean PCM data with AFAIK some information, that can't be a patent 
>any country.
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