Commit 925438d8 authored by Josh Coalson's avatar Josh Coalson
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<P>Attention <A HREF="http://www.turtlebeach.com/site/products/audiotron/producthome.asp">AudioTron</A> users: Bery Rinaldo has released his <A HREF="http://file-ext-map.sourceforge.net/">Samba File Extension Mapping VFS Module</A> that allows FLAC files to be played on the AudioTron.</P>
<P>New development on FLAC 1.0.5 is finishing up and I hope to have the next release out before the end of the year, or early January, depending on how testing goes.</P>
<P>If you use FLAC and have suggestions or patches, please <A HREF="http://sourceforge.net/mail/?group_id=13478">join the mailing list</A> or <A HREF="http://sourceforge.net/project/memberlist.php?group_id=13478">developers group</A>. Bugs can be filed <A HREF="http://sourceforge.net/bugs/?func=addbug&group_id=13478">here</A>, but make sure to check the <A HREF="documentation.html#bugs">known bugs</A> section first.</P>
<P>If you use FLAC and have suggestions or patches, please <A HREF="http://sourceforge.net/mail/?group_id=13478">join the mailing list</A>. Bugs can be filed <A HREF="http://sourceforge.net/bugs/?func=addbug&group_id=13478">here</A>, but make sure to check the <A HREF="documentation.html#bugs">known bugs</A> section first.</P>
<P><I>last updated 2003-Jan-13</I></P><!-- @@@ remember to update the date after changes -->
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<LI>the stream format</LI>
<LI><B><TT>libFLAC</TT></B>, a library of reference encoders and decoders, and a metadata interface</LI>
<LI><B><TT>libFLAC++</TT></B>, an object wrapper around libFLAC</LI>
<LI><B><TT>libOggFLAC</TT></B> and <B><TT>libOggFLAC++</TT></B>, which wrap the encoders and decoders of <TT>libFLAC</TT> and <TT>libFLAC++</TT>, respectively, to allow access to FLAC streams in an Ogg container</LI>
<LI><B><TT>flac</TT></B>, a command-line wrapper around <TT>libFLAC</TT> to encode and decode FLAC files</LI>
<LI><B><TT>metaflac</TT></B>, a command-line metadata editor for .flac files</LI>
<LI>input plugins for various music players (Winamp, XMMS, and more in the works)</LI>
<LI>reference encoders and decoders in library form</LI>
<LI><B><TT>flac</TT></B>, a command-line program to encode and decode FLAC files</LI>
<LI><B><TT>metaflac</TT></B>, a command-line metadata editor for FLAC files</LI>
<LI>input plugins for various music players</LI>
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"Free" means that the specification of the stream format is in the public domain (the FLAC project reserves the right to set the FLAC specification and certify compliance), and that neither the FLAC format nor any of the implemented encoding/decoding methods are covered by any patent. It also means that the sources for the libraries are available under the <A HREF="http://www.opensource.org/licenses/lgpl-license.html">LGPL</A> and the sources for <B><TT>flac</TT></B>, <B><TT>metaflac</TT></B>, and the plugins are available under the <A HREF="http://www.opensource.org/licenses/gpl-license.html">GPL</A>.
"Free" means that the specification of the stream format is fully open to the public to be used for any purpose (the FLAC project reserves the right to set the FLAC specification and certify compliance), and that neither the FLAC format nor any of the implemented encoding/decoding methods are covered by any known patent. It also means that all the source code is available under open-source licenses.
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FLAC compiles on many platforms: most Unixes (Linux, *BSD, Solaris, OS X), Windows, BeOS, and OS/2. There are build systems for autoconf/automake, MSVC, Watcom C, and Project Builder.
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See the <A HREF="features.html">features page</A>, <A HREF="documentation.html">documentation page</A>, or <A HREF="format.html">FLAC format page</A> for more info, the <A HREF="comparison.html">comparison page</A> to see how the reference encoder measures up, or the <A HREF="goals.html">goals page</A> for what the FLAC project hopes to achieve.
See the <A HREF="features.html">features page</A>, <A HREF="documentation.html">documentation page</A>, or <A HREF="format.html">FLAC format page</A> for more info, or the <A HREF="comparison.html">comparison page</A> to see how FLAC compares with other lossless codecs.
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If you have an application that uses FLAC and would like it to be able to tag .flac files with custom metadata, visit the <A HREF="id.html">registration page</A> to register an ID for your application.
If you have an application that uses FLAC and would like it to be able to tag FLAC files with custom metadata, visit the <A HREF="id.html">registration page</A> to register an ID for your application.
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