Welcome to the Xiph.Org Foundation

While this project has been underway for a long time, it may be interesting for people not yet familiar with the importance of Open Source and Open Standards to cultural policy to read the About Xiph.Org introduction written in 1999 by Christopher Montgomery.

Xiph.Org Foundation is a non-profit corporation dedicated to protecting the foundations of Internet multimedia from control by private interests. Our purpose is to support and develop free, open protocols and software to serve the public, developer and business markets.

Table of Contents:


  • a little bit about us, what we do, and why you should care...
  • "Why do I need open source? I'm not a hacker."
  • "Why does multimedia specifically need open source?"
  • Music isn't an art, it's an industry.
  • a history lesson
  • Fast forward to the 1970s
  • The double-whammy