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Re: [Gnash-dev] Re: Free codecs support (was: release criteria ?

From: John Gilmore
Subject: Re: [Gnash-dev] Re: Free codecs support (was: release criteria ?
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2007 03:25:37 -0700

> In that case, since ffmpeg can manage the existing FLV format,
> it seems better to get a working version of that out to people before
> uprooting the existing audio/video/container code to enlarge it to
> support many separate codecs and codec suites.

I agree.

It's a disappointment that we can't play back "YouTube" FLV videos
without a proprietary codec, so far.  But thousands or millions of
uses have those codecs already installed, and we should cut a release
that works for them.  This won't solve the Linux distributions'
problem (they can't, won't, or don't want to embed those licensed
and/or patented codecs in their distros).  One step at a time.


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