Select provider of libav* libraries

Fabian Greffrath fabian at
Mon May 11 05:39:38 UTC 2015

Hi Dmitry,

Am Montag, den 11.05.2015, 13:44 +1000 schrieb Dmitry Smirnov: 
> I have a feeling that Debian already became life support for libav.
> Ever since Debian chosen libav, ffmpeg remained alive and apparently doing 
> well without our help. I'm not too sure if libav would be able to stay alive 
> without Debian.

very good point, I have the same impression.

When libav forked off of ffmpeg back then, I have heard and read many
people say that "with Debian and Ubuntu switching away to libav, ffmpeg
is as good as dead and will vasnish within the next few months." Well,
obviously this didn't happen.

Also, while I cannot speak for the personal tension that has led to the
fork, it seems to me that most of the technical and project management
related issues that were subject to complaint in ffmpeg back then have
been addressed nowadays.

So, it seems to me that the pages have turned and libav is still there
because Debian and Ubuntu are using it -- and not the other way round.

- Fabian

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