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Re: visualization of CVS commits

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: visualization of CVS commits
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2008 19:37:49 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)

Geoffrey Teale <address@hidden> writes:

> On Jun 25, 2008, at 5:38 PM, David Kastrup wrote:
>> Richard M Stallman <address@hidden> writes:
>>>    I also find the demo very cool, and I think releasing Emacs 23
>>>    accompanied with such a video would have a very positive effect.
>>> The use of Flash is very bad for free software.  If we release
>>> a video, we should release it _only_ in Ogg Theora.
>> I am not sure, but isn't the version of Flash supported by the Gnash
>> player reasonably documented?
> To draw an analogy: OpenOffice.org exists therefore it is OK to
> distribute emacs documents in MS Word format.

The analogy falls down exactly at the point of my question, because MS
Word format is not documented at all reasonably.  It also falls down
otherwise since Emacs has a builtin info reader, but no builtin Ogg
Theora reader.

> Some people may agree with that statement, I for one do not.

So you make up a strawman which has absolutely no usable connection with
my question or Richard's statement and then sneer at it.

That's all very nice, but I am still interested about the original

One problem that I see with Ogg Theora that it is intended, as far as I
know, for real-life movies.  Just like JPEGS are rather unsuitable for
screen shots when compared to well-made PNGs (except when a large amount
of screen is covered by a photograph) because of a lousy tradeoff
between artifacts and compression ratio (PNGs tend to be quite smaller
and sharper), I'd expect Ogg Theora to be similarly encumbered for
screen animations.

Feel free to point out when I am mistaken.  But please try addressing
what I have been saying instead of something else.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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