[FFmpeg-devel] Dropping SDL1 support [VOTE]

James Almer jamrial at gmail.com
Thu Sep 22 21:05:07 EEST 2016

On 9/15/2016 2:36 PM, James Almer wrote:
> There have been some complains from developers about keeping both
> SDL1 and SDL2 support at the same time even after all SDL1 code
> has been already ported, and especially since it makes maintaining
> ffplay more complex, so seeing the waters are divided I think the
> best solution will be to vote.
> Arguments in favor of keeping SDL1:
> * Debian Old-Stable and Ubuntu 12.04 don't ship an usable SDL2
>   by default, meaning a few extra steps for anyone wanting to
>   compile ffmpeg git would be needed to keep ffplay and the sdl
>   outdev working on them.
> * We have a dev willing to maintain the SDL1 version of ffplay
>   until the above two distros are EOLed.
> Arguments in favor of dropping SDL1:
> * SDL1 is old and effectively unmaintained.
> * The above distros will never upgrade their ffmpeg packages.
> * Anyone compiling ffmpeg git from source on any of the above
>   distros most likely already has to deal with other missing
>   deps, like any recent x264, be it from unnofficial PPAs or
>   manually compiling from source. SDL2 would not be any
>   different in that regard.
> * Even though we have a dev willing to maintain the deprecated
>   SDL1 code, he'd rather not have to deal with it.
> Other arguments in favor or against are welcome.
> The vote will end 1 week from now, simple majority wins, and
> it's open only to those in the voting committee[1].
> Marton Balint, while not in the committee, should IMO also
> have the chance to vote or at least comment since he's the
> main ffplay maintainer.
> Regards.
> [1] https://ffmpeg.org/pipermail/ffmpeg-devel/2015-October/182207.html

The final result is

In favor of dropping SDL1:
Clément Bœsch
Hendrik Leppkes
Rostislav Pehlivanov
Ronald S. Bultje
Lou Logan

No votes against.

Not counted:
Lukas Marek, Marton Balint, Carl Eugen Hoyos, Michael Niedermayer and
Paul B Mahol, as they didn't cast a clear vote.

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