[LAU] ffmpeg or libav

Dan MacDonald allcoms at gmail.com
Sun Jan 13 10:03:03 UTC 2013

On Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 9:54 AM, Fritz Meissner <meissner.fritz at gmail.com>wrote:

> On 13 January 2013 11:13, Dan MacDonald <allcoms at gmail.com> wrote:
>> In all three of these examples it wasn't the fault of the Debian
>> maintainers that these alternate versions get used, it was the authors of
>> the software switching from Free a software license such as the GPL to one
>> that the Debian social contract no longer considers free or trying to
>> enforce copyright on corporate logos or whatever.
> I'm not aware that there was any licence change in the ffmpeg/libav
> situation ? It just seems to have been a personality and development style
> issue between maintainers. I hear that Debian's decision was based on the
> fact the Debian maintainer concerned was a member of the libav camp, rather
> than any real technical issue.

That is a shame then, but the cases of cdrecord and Mozilla are quite
different and not the fault of the Debian community.

Big changes to a distro ie swapping out a lib which many apps depend on for
a new one should really get voted on but I'm not aware that ever happened
here - I expect not.

> I cannot speak about technical matters, but the change is extremely
> inconvenient because of all the outside packages which are set up to call
> ffmpeg and now need to be hand-configured for libav (I'm talking about
> setting up subsonic to run on an Ubuntu 12.10 server here). And why the
> libav developers need to change command line options is beyond me - the
> least they could have done is keep to the established ffmpeg formats. There
> seems to be no functional reason for it, just a desire to be different.

Agreed - they should've aimed to keep the same commands as used by ffmpeg.
I've not tried using libav from cli yet so I can only hope they've
simplified its commands as ffmpeg was hardly the easiest command line
program to use but staying true to upstream would've still been the
preference on most I'm sure.
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