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Re: realplay.el interface with Real Player v. 1879

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: realplay.el interface with Real Player v. 1879
Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2007 23:34:25 -0400

    A possible solution would be to write the code for `mplayer' and add a
    "discouraged and ugly alternative" to use realplayer in case mplayer is
    not available.

Using mplayer is not a solution.  mplayer functions to disguise the
problem rather than solve it.

    mplayer is free software though it's legal status (especially for
    proprietary codecs)

The core of mplayer is free software, but the proprietary codecs are
not.  Because mplayer encourages the use of those proprietary codecs,
and yet has the false reputation of being free software, it has the
effect of making them look legitimate.

We definitely should not support mplayer.

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