RealNetworks has released the source code to Helix Producer, its encoding tool. Note that although Helix Producer has been open-sourced, it is not free, and some of the most critical pieces of the RealSystem platform (such as codecs) have not been open-sourced.
Because RealNetworks had abandoned all platforms except Windows with their most recent Helix Producer release, this move is seen by critics as a way for RealNetworks to get the Mac and Linux communities to paint their fence for them. Will it work? Will it in any way affect whether RealNetworks will matter in the future? Time will tell. | RealNetworks’ “Helix Community” site | Launch announcement (RealSystem SMIL) | Technical overview (RealSystem SMIL)