[Ffmpeg-devel] Re: Advocating periodic releases

Tim Allen tim
Fri Oct 6 02:41:18 CEST 2006

Mikhail Teterin wrote:
>>   I think you fail to understand the difference between the notions of a
>> Project and a Product.
> I don't see, how this distinction is relevant to my request to have periodic 
> (semi-)stable releases of ffmpeg available for download.
>> Cinerella would be a product, just like the Linux kernel is a project
> Both Cinerella and Linux kernel have releases.
> Whether ffmpeg is a project or a product, there need to be releases of it to 
> facilitate porting and to make it easier for applications (products?) to rely 
> on the already built/installed version instead of bundling their own.

At the moment there is no serious release management of ffmpeg. The 
current contributors to ffmpeg have chosen to spend their time on actual 
development, rather than release management. Since I'm not paying them 
for their time (and neither are you, unless I'm much mistaken), we have 
no right to criticise them for how they decide to spend their time.

Now it is certainly true that if someone did decide to perform the job 
of release management for ffmpeg, they would be doing a profoundly 
useful service to humanity. I'm not able/willing to do it, so I'm not 
going to complain about anyone else not doing it either. If you, or 
anyone else _is_ able/willing to do it, please volunteer your services, 
you'll have my gratitude.

> Thanks for your time,
> 	-mi


Tim Allen          tim at proximity.com.au
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