[FFmpeg-devel] To be or not to be working with libav (was: [PATCHv3] On2 VP7 decoder)

Nicolas George george at nsup.org
Sun Mar 30 11:19:20 CEST 2014

I believe the discussion about the correct behaviour of FFmpeg developers
with regard to libav is perfectly in-topic here, therefore I continue the
thread. I will not be replying point-by-point though.

Personally, I tried at first to work with/for both sides. I tried again
after VDD 2011. The result: it was made perfectly clear that my proposals
were considered not interesting, but not before wasting my time on cosmetics
(because obviously, Someone's opinion on how a variable should be named
matters more than the opinion of the original author of the file, the one
who will actually maintain the code).

After that, I stopped caring whether my changes got to libav or not. I make
no effort to make them work, but neither do I make effort making them harder
to merge.

The letter of Free Software and Copyleft requires me to make my changes
available, and they are. The spirit of Free Software and Copyleft want my
enhancements to be easily available to the community, and they are, through
FFmpeg. If the changes do not reach libav, that is entirely due to them
being unwelcome there.

The only reason I still slightly care about what happens on the libav side
is because some members of that branch have abused their double-hat as
distribution package maintainers and forced their distribution to go with
their side of the fork. That makes the API and ABI from that side a de-facto
standard, even when it is actually mis-designed.


  Nicolas George
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