[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCH] configure: accept commercially-licensed libx264

Jason Garrett-Glaser jason
Wed Dec 8 15:59:53 CET 2010

On Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 6:52 AM, Carl Eugen Hoyos <cehoyos at ag.or.at> wrote:
> Jason Garrett-Glaser <jason <at> x264.com> writes:
>> > Why would somebody prefer a shipped version of x264 (that I would expect to
>> > come without headers) over the free version that we support?
>> ffmpeg is LGPL.
>> If someone buys a commercial license to x264, they can link x264 to
>> ffmpeg without resulting in a GPL end product. ?This has already been
>> requested by at least one customer.
> That is exactly my point:
> Of course this customer has to do something, but he will (probably) not
> re-distribute libx264 with a header - so for the ordinary user, this option is
> never necessary.
> Since this one (or in future, this dozen) user gets your support anyway, he
> should be able to patch his configure script accordingly.

Quite a few such companies know absolutely nothing about posix
development and wouldn't know how to read bash if it hit them on the
head.  It's better to add support directly, IMO.

If you mean we should give this patch to every company looking to do
this, that could be a possibility, I guess.


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