Hackers Inch Towards Palm webOS OGG and FLAC Support
Out-of-the-box, Palm's webOS can handle most of the major audio/video formats. But there's still a few popular codecs that remain unsupported: amongst them, the open-source Ogg Vorbis and FLAC audio formats. A couple of intrepid hackers from the WebOS Internals group have been working on adding new plugins to the underlying webOS multimedia framework - gstreamer - that will allow us all to enjoy the unrestricted multimedia goodness we currently take for granted on our desktops. Thus far, progress has been stymied by a Palm patch to the plugin registry system (likely applied as a memory saver) that resulted in gstreamer failing to recognize new plugins.
Today, Andrew James was first to cross the finish line: he's successfully built versions of gstreamer-0.10.23 and gstreamer-plugins-base-0.10.21 that work with Ogg Vorbis and FLAC and has played back an Ogg file on the Pre via the command-line. The next steps, of course, are getting the built-in Music app to recognize these files as part of your library (which hopefully won't prove too difficult) and packaging the mod in an ipkg for easy install.
So on behalf of the wider Palm community: kudos, Andrew! (And to runner-up zsoc, who was also tinkering with gstreamer.) We'll be keeping a close eye on your progress. Now how 'bout Xvid video support?