DivXNetworks Inc. heeft aangekondigd dat OpenDivX, de open source versie van de populaire DivX video compressie codec, naar vrijwel alle platformen is geport. Drie maanden na de start van het OpenDivX project op ProjectMayo.com zijn er ports verschenen voor alle belangrijke besturingsystemen, waaronder Windows, Linux, MacOS en AmigaOS. Verder is de core technologie van de codec geschikt gemaakt voor een groot aantal embedded processors, zoals MIPS, StongARM en TriMedia. Dit opent de weg naar het gebruik van DiVX in handhelds en set-top doosjes:
The open source version of DivX(TM) video compression technology (``OpenDivX'') has been ported to all major operating systems and processing platforms less than three months after the release of the source code, DivXNetworks, Inc. announced today. The emerging standard for broadband digital video, OpenDivX is a codec (compressor/decompressor) technology that allows for the delivery of full-screen, high-quality video content over Internet Protocol (IP) networks.
[...] ``DivX has been popularized through massive grassroots adoption, not a huge marketing budget. We began the open-source project to give the global community of technology enthusiasts and videophiles at the heart of the DivX movement the opportunity to take ownership of the technology and contribute to its success,'' said Jordan Greenhall, co-founder and CEO of DivXNetworks (www.divxnetworks.com). ``In just a few short months, the project has been an overwhelming success. A number of exciting applications have been created by our co-developers, and we continue to welcome the input of anyone interested in helping create the open standard that will drive the future of high-quality, Internet-based digital video.''
Underscoring the rising popularity of the technology among developers as well as casual Internet users, DivX was the 17th most searched term on the Internet for the week ending March 23, according to technology news and information web site CNET. The Project Mayo community currently includes over 1,500 registered members, with over 100 active co-developers on the open source project, and the site has recorded over 1.5 million downloads of both the source code and the actual OpenDivX technology since its January release. It is estimated that DivX codec technologies have been downloaded over 15 million times since late 1999.