The GNOME User and Developer European Conference (GUADEC) is underway this weekend in Stuttgart, Germany. For those, like myself, who are unable to attend, the fine open-source media company, Fluendo is providing live streams and archived videos of the talks.
The talks from GUADEC day one are now available for download. The videos are encoded in the free/open-source Ogg Theora format. On Linux, anyone using a Gstreamer player, Helix, or VLC can play the videos. Windows users can install the plugin for Windows Media Player, and Mac users can use VLC
Thanks to Fluendo and the conference organizers for providing the videos.
Update: The talk by Ralph Giles of Xiph.org (the organization behind the Ogg Vorbis audio codec and the Theora video codec mentions that Yahoo is shipping the DirectShow (Windows Media) plugins for these open-source formats with their Yahoo Music service download. In simpler terms, this means that people who have download the Yahoo Music player can automagically play Ogg Vorbis and Theora files in Windows Media Player. Nice.