[FFmpeg-devel] Preliminary announcement about the current situation

Arpi arpi
Thu Jan 20 16:55:42 CET 2011

upsz, i wanted to sent this to Michael in private, not to the list... sorry!


> Hi,
> > When i consider A better than B i tended to insist on A. Especially when its
> > about public API.
> > Do people really want the 2nd best option to be choosen when its not much
> > work to choose the best?
> this is why i like you as ffmpeg maintainer. very bad others don't honor
> this...
> > > D) mplayer != ffmpeg. I see that this is hard for you to accept, but
> > > they are not the same. This includes swscale, mpcodecs, dll loader and
> > > all the other endless flamewars.
> > 
> > having a private repo resolves this and some other issues mentioned to some
> > extend
> ffmpeg and mplayer should be merged completely together. they depend heavly
> on each other, and actually sharing lot of common code.
> > > Having said all this, I don't want you to stop developing FFmpeg, but
> > > that's exactly what I want you to do again: write code. Not mpcodecs
> > > wrappers, but actual FFmpeg code. I think there's a lot of reasons why
> > > you're not the ideal BDFL, but you are a great programmer and I'd wish
> > > you did more of that.
> > 
> > No doubt iam not the ideal BDFL, but noone in ffmpeg is the ideal BDFL. we
> > dont have linus here, not even fabrice is left.
> agree. but still you are the most close to linus from the ffmpeg people...
> i wonder who else know deeply the whole ffmpeg code ?
> > But id like to know why, if resolution of the problems listed here was the
> > goal,
> > people did not present a list like this to me with signatures and an ultimatum
> > to correct?
> > You guys complain to me iam not good, and true but this is actually not better
> > if not worse than what ive done. Thats not a good start for a new team IMHO
> > Why did people overtake the server and domain and afterwards present this list
> > instead of presenting it first giving me an ultimatum to deal with it and then
> > take action if i fail?
> agree. this "revolution" was done very bad way...
> > Truth is 4? years ago i wrote a will to make sure the computer stuff i have
> > would end up used somewhere in FOSS, both attila and diego are listed in it
> > to get all my computers and distribute them as they see fit.
> lol :)
> > Theres quite alot that has happened in the last few days and ive not made up my
> > mind entirely what i will do, maybe ill continue to maintain ffmpeg at videolan
> > for a while, as long as users or developers want it or there are some who
> > offer little jobs on ffmpeg but in the end i will likely leave
> > Contributing to the new maintainers is no fun
> true
> what about forking ffmpeg, and working with me on some really
> revolutionary stuff? :)
> A'rpi
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