Apple has released Darwin Streaming Server 5.5.5, the open source version of Apple’s QuickTime Streaming Server technology that allows users to send streaming media to clients across the Internet using the industry standard RTP and RTSP protocols.
Based on the same code base as QuickTime Streaming Server, Darwin Streaming Server provides a high level of customizability and runs on a variety of platforms allowing users to manipulate the code to fit their needs.
QuickTime Streaming Server (QTSS) is Apple’s commercial streaming server delivered as part of Mac OS X Server. QTSS provides users with enhanced administration and media management tools as a result of the tight integration with Mac OS X Server; these tools are not available as part of the open source project. Technical support is available for QTSS as part of the AppleCare support plans provided for Mac OS X Server and Xserve.
Both DSS and QTSS are built on a core server that provides state of the art quality of service features with Skip protection and Instant-On, and support for the latest digital media standards, MPEG-4 and 3GPP.
Darwin Streaming Server is available as a free download under the Apple Public Source License.
More info about Darwin Streaming Server 5.5.5 and download links, including server and proxy source code, Mac OS X Streaming Server and Streaming Proxy, Linux Streaming Server and Streaming Proxy for Fedora Core 4 and later, and Windows Streaming Server for Windows 2000/2003 Server can be found here.