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Razuna and HTML5 – New Uploader and more

Much has been said about HTML5 and how it would benefit the web. Obviously, with Apple banning Flash from its devices and other companies slowly following there has been enough said about this topic. Nonetheless, the move towards HTML5 makes a lot of sense, since it is lightweight, doesn’t need any plugins and it more or less adapted by all Browser vendors (Google Chrome 5.x, Safari 5 and FireFox 3.6.x all come with HTML5 support).

Especially, when it comes to media files on the web (video and audio) HTML5 brings a build in player, which is faster loading then any Flash player. Furthermore, one can rest assure that the video looks the same on every platform and any device (iPhone, Android, etc.). But HTML5, apart from having support for video and audio build in, also brings support for productive environments, like Drag & Drop from the desktop to the browser and more.

Given the latest inovations in this field, we have adopted some of these practices to Razuna already and are very happy to announce the following. Note: Some of the listed changes below are already available at our Razuna Hosted Platform (hosted Digital Asset Management for only $1.80/GB!) over at http://razuna.com. For the self-hosted version, these changes will be available in Razuna 1.4.

HTML5 enabled Uploader

Recently we have changed our Uploader from a Flash based uploader to a HTML5 Uploader (Don’t worry for those who don’t have a HTML5 enabled browser, the Uploader will fall back to a Flash based tool, and if you don’t have Flash installed you even get a Silverlight Uploader!).

The new Uploader allows you to upload many files at once (just as before) but for those with a HTML5 enabled browser it will even be able to Drag & Drop assets from your desktop directly into your browser! That’s right, simply mark your assets in your Explorer/Finder and drag them over to the Razuna Uploader and you will see them in the Uploader, ready for you to upload.

Drag & Drop assets from your desktop to the Razuna Uploader with HTML5 enabled browsers (Google Chrome 5.x, Safari 5 and FireFox 3.6.x). Works on Windows, MacOS X and Linux.

HTML5 player and conversion

We have already added support for converting Audio files to the OGG format and are using the HTML5 audio player in Razuna 1.3.5. Now, we are going to add conversion to the OGG format for video assets and will enable the HTML5 video controls as well. These changes will soon be available in the Razuna Hosted Platform as well in the Razuna 1.4 download.

HTML5 Google Chrome Frame Support for Internet Explorer 5, 6, 7 & 8

Google Chrome Frame is an open source plug-in that seamlessly brings Google Chrome’s open web technologies and speedy JavaScript engine to Internet Explorer. With Google Chrome Frame, you can:

  • Start using open web technologies – like the HTML5 canvas tag – right away, even technologies that aren’t yet supported in Internet Explorer 6, 7, or 8.
  • Take advantage of JavaScript performance improvements to make your apps faster and more responsive.

Since we want everyone to enjoy the beauty and speed of HTML5 we have already enabled Google Chrome Frame support on the Razuna Hosted Platform and have incorporated the code in Razuna 1.4.

Right, so here we go, we have added (or about to add) a bunch of HTML5 goodies for you to enjoy and to make your business workflow with Razuna even more efficient. I hope you enjoy working with Razuna as much as we enjoy making it for you.

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CentOS 5.2 released

I totally missed this and saw no one blogging about it, but apparently CentOS 5.2 was released on June 24.All of our CFML Servers and websites run on CentOS.

Major changes in CentOS 5.2 compared to CentOS 5.1 are: Firefox 3, Thunderbird 2, OpenOffice.org 2.3 and Evolution 2.12 on the Desktop side, Samba 3.0.28, xen-3.1.2 and an upgraded kernel with lots of driver updates on the server side of the system. The release notes can be found here.

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Do you really understand open source and the community?

This is a direct response to the blog post of Peter Bell titled “The Future of ColdFusion: What about Blue Dragon?

First of all I would like to mention that the OpenBD project has nothing to do with the commercial BlueDragon that is being sold by New Atlanta. Neither I nor the OpenBD Steering Committee have a commercial relationship with New Atlanta. You can read up on the latest release of the OpenBD Steering Committee were this is officially stated.

Also from reading Adam Haskell’s question, he was questioning about the OpenBD project or better said the lack of thereof in the “The future of ColdFusion” series of the mentioned author and not about BlueDragon by New Atlanta.

That said, reading Peter Bell’s reply leaves me no doubt that he among others have no clue what Open Source really means and what the OpenBD project really is. But let me explain what I really mean by saying “you have no clue”.

Open Source by definition

To quote Wikipedia:
“Open source culture is the creative practice of appropriation and free sharing of found and created content. Examples include collage, found footage film, music, and appropriation art. Open source culture is one in which fixations, works entitled to copyright protection, are made generally available. Participants in the culture can modify those products and redistribute them back into the community or other organizations.”

Open sourcing a CFML engine like OpenBD is by no means a way to cannibalize an existing customer base (As Mr. Bell stated with; “…another commercial competitor to Adobe or an open source project that would mainly cannibalize the existing customer base…”), but is a means to give the CFML community a choice. A choice that the CFML community actually never had!

I don’t know why Mr. Bell does not like choices, but I think choice is a good thing and one of the essential motivations in life. Trough choice we can decide and with choice comes powers. It seams to me that Mr. Bell or the company he speaks for, do not want to let the CFML community to have a choice. How else does Mr.Bell justify a sentence like; “…it seems to me that the ColdFusion community would be better served if the OpenBD project didn’t exist.” or “…I’m not convinced that OpenDB is on balance in the best interests of the CF community.” ?

It simply looks to me that Mr. Bell does not want to give the OpenBD project a choice or even a chance to participate in the CFML community by saying; “Right now my main hope is that Railo and Adobe find a good way of working together that is in both their individual interests and the interests of the broader community…”.

Again, he is not giving the CFML community a choice, but simply ignore the open source movement and what it means to the CFML community. Thus simply not understanding how open source and the movement behind it really works.

Do we need another proof of Mr. Bell’s ignorance about open source? Look no further, in the next sentence he states; “With the history and the current licensing terms, my concern is that OpenBD may end up hindering co-operation as I can see Adobe working together with a true open source project…”.

Mr. Bell, I simply can’t hold myself but laugh out loud at a statement like that. There is no TRUE or FALSE open source project in itself. There is simply only open source. There is no difference between Railo (once Railo goes open source) and OpenBD. By definition and nature of both projects the source is available to the public to view and modify. How they approach customers and how they sell services around these open source offering is different. But that in itself does not qualify for a “true” open source project. Or do you mean to say the Firefox project is not a true open source project? Or that only open source projects under LPGL are true open source projects?

But wait, there is still the license that OpenBD is using that we can go hostile about, right?

The license issue (or the misconceptions of it)

It is a common misconception to speak of something without understanding. Unfortunately, this is the case with people, including Mr. Bell, who think that a LPGL license is superior or “better” then the GPL license.

Of course, if you are a company, like Adobe, who wants to benefit from the efforts of another company (let’s better say from a competitor like Railo “was”) and in turn do not want to give back the changes then the LGPL comes in handy. In other words, the LGPL allows to take, but not give back. No wonder, that the so called “Community Experts” and Adobe embraces Railo and by that any company that releases code under LGPL.

That said, the LGPL stands in contrast to the original GPL that allows you to use the code, but if you change something to the code base to release the code under the GPL again. In other words, the GPL allows you to take, but demands that you give back.

Of course it is up to any open source project to decide on the license it wants to use and there is no need to differ on this point. Ultimately, the GPL has been used by many popular open source projects like MySQL, Linux, RedHat, JAVA and many others. This itself should speak more then any can argue.

It is sad to see that a genuine company and their so called “Community Experts” are not open to the efforts of a genuine open source project and are turning hostile against the efforts to give the CFML community a choice. By doing so, they create more confusion then helping.

At last, there is some light at the end of the tunnel. As Mr. Bell points out; “…I may simply be posting from ignorance.”, Not all hopes are lost.

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June 17 is Firefox 3 download day

Always wanted to help spreading open source? Today (June 17, 2008) is your chance. Download the new Firefox 3 release and help setting a new world record.

Head over to the dedicated Firefox Download Day 2008 website to find out more.

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