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Re: Now, that I got people talking...



On Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 3:13 PM, Ricardo Garcia <rick g777 gmail com> wrote:
> Forking libavcodec and making a nice C++ pluggable interface to it. If
> you want your module, just compile it using the "insert your codec
> library here" API and have the plugin in .so format.

I think FORKING ffmpeg is a very very bad idea. A bad use of resources
and a very bad thing for Fedora as a project to get behind. Forking
upstream codebases is absolutely NOT what we should be doing.  As a
project, we must engage with the existing ffmpeg developers and offer
to do the work necessary to make the ffmpeg codebase flexible enough
to meet our needs.  Doing an end run around the upstream developers is
not how we should do things.

Unless the ffmpeg developers show a complete unwillingness to work
with us, then I will actively and vocally discourage any call to fork
the codebase.  Its not clear to me if there has been a reasonable
discussion inside ffmpeg about the possibility of restructuring the
codebase if there were developers interested in doing it as part of
the ffmpeg roadmap.

-jef


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