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Do not substitute links (was:

From: Dmitry Alexandrov
Subject: Do not substitute links (was:
Date: Sat, 12 Oct 2019 19:24:26 +0300
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Jean Louis <> wrote:
> * Dmitry Alexandrov <> [2019-10-12 16:01]:
>> Jean Louis <> wrote:
>> > or 
>> >
>> >
>> I’m curious, what this link is for?  I expected, that this is 
>> some SaaS like — a substitute for mpv+youtube-dl / weboob / 
>> minitube / newpipe / etc to watch videos avoiding running 
>> nonfree scripts, but it’s not: it still contains nonfree scripts.
>> So why to provide it?  And why only for the first video?
> You are right. Make it non-javascript link and send it to me.

Well, I already mentioned one service that might used as a substitute for a 
free client —, so the links will be:


But actually I would advice _against_ providing them instead of original ones.

Not only because that’s a SaaS(S) [1] with all negative implications, like a 
chance of being shut down at any moment in future.  But also because it 
provides practical inconvenience for the free software users right now: if your 
system is configured to opens links in a player of your choice, it 
probably does not do the same for any of those SaaS client.  Moreover, I don’t 
think it is possible at all to make, say, NewPipe or SkyTube (free 
clients for *droid-like OS) to handle links without patching and 
recompiling them.


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