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Ogg Vorbis 1.0 Approaches With Release Candidate 1 Expected Today

Jun 17, 2001, 15:36 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Borland)

Ogg Vorbis, the patent-unencumbered sound standard its developers hope will lay MP3 to rest, is approaching version 1.0. According to the development team, 1.0 Release Candidate 1 should be hitting servers today. This release will be feature-complete and the only changes the team plans to make are for bugfixes.

ZDNet has a writeup on the significance of the release:

Traditionally, companies that might license other developers' software have been skeptical of using anything that comes before a 1.0 release, viewing that as a sign that there are still bugs, or flaws, in the software code. Vorbis' developers have said that they view the 1.0 release as a critical moment for gaining support from a wider range of commercial backers.

The version set for release Sunday will officially be a "release candidate"--containing essentially everything that will be in the final version but still being checked by its users for last-minute flaws.

"After some pounding on this, we'll ship 1.0," Jack Moffitt, a Vorbis developer, wrote in an e-mail. "This is essentially 1.0, but we're giving ourselves a short cycle to squash any bugs that come up."

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The project download page (where a specifically-labeled RC1 release has yet to appear)

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