FFmpeg release branch, was: Bug#540729: ffmpeg: Possible regression - fails to decode AAC
diego at biurrun.de
Tue Aug 11 15:29:17 UTC 2009
On Tue, Aug 11, 2009 at 12:56:06PM +0200, Fabian Greffrath wrote:
> Diego Biurrun schrieb:
> >I talked to Jörg Jaspert at LinuxTag and he told me that he put some
> >lawyers that work pro bono for Debian on the issue (SFLC among them).
> >The end result may well be that the decoders need to be taken out along
> >with the encoders, not that the encoders are allowed to be put in.
> This would indeed be the worst case scenario!
Start planning for all possible outcomes.
> >Maybe you should then just drop your work on Debian and concentrate on
> >something else instead. If Debian decides that it does not want to (or
> >cannot) provide multimedia infrastructure, your work on trying to
> >provide multimedia infrastructure is wasted...
> It hurts to read such sentence (I know that having an emotional tie to
> a computer operating system sounds irrational, but anyway...).
I can understand you very well. I have emotional ties to the projects I
work on ..
> I don't think that Debian (i.e. the people that decide about the
> contents of the software archive) do not *want* to provide multimedia
> infrastructure, remember "The universal OS". But I could understand
> their acting if lawyers recommended to remove certain software, simply
> because it may endanger those people who rely on Debian as being 100%
IMO a universal OS cannot exclude multimedia support. The majority of
users is being held hostage by a small minority that might actually be
> >That's what I've been saying all along. Debian risks sliding into
> >uselessness and obscurity.
> Fedora has already gone that way and I believe their distro is far
> from useless.
Fedora is useful for Red Hat as a development platform for their
enterprise distribution. But desktop computing is clearly not the focus
of Red Hat's work. Their customers are not desktop users.
> They managed however to build a community (rpmfusion)
> that provides high-quality packages for users who feel they want to
> use Fedora but rely on packages that Fedora cannot ship. I think
> something like this is always worth the effort.
What counts is the out-of-the-box experience. After installing several
dozen programs and tools you can even do useful things with Windows.
Multimedia format support is an area where free software is *far* ahead
of any of the proprietary offerings. It is a crying shame to see it
held back by FUD...
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