Aug 4, 2008

Watch out: Firefox 3.1

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Mozilla engineers has not yet been satisfied with the world breaking release of mozilla firefox. The release of firefox 3.1 early next year will have something for us: the video fanatics. The new browsercould increase the use of open-source video software. firefox developers will include support for a new HTML tag specifically for embedding video in Web pages. Firefox 3.1 will also support royalty-free video codec Ogg Theora. Ogg theora is a free and open video compression format from the Foundation. Like all our multimedia technology it can be used to distribute film and video online and on disc without the licensing and royalty fees or vendor lock-in associated with other formats.

The code committed so far is a work in progress, wrote Chris Double, a Mozilla engineer who has been handling the project, "but it's a start towards using a common codec across all platforms and will improve as we get towards the 3.1 release."

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When the new version of the firefox browser is finalized, firefox will not require a plug in for playing theora content. Another is web developers can have a