Re: [gst-devel] Re: Helix Player virtual team meeting

El mié, 10-12-2003 a las 23:25, Ronald Bultje escribió:
> On Wed, 2003-12-10 at 22:38, Rob Adams wrote:
> > I should point out that window media and sorenson quicktime video
> > haven't been reverse engineered by anyone -- rather wrappers have been
> > written around the windows versions of the codecs to allow them to be
> > played in mplayer or xine.  This works very well and so there's really
> > no reason to bother reverse engineering the codec.

You should stop thinking that way, the win32 binaries work ONLY on x86
platforms, but Free Software is not x86 specific like Windows, we have
ARM, PPC, Alpha, and more architectures that cannot execute those
"hacks". That's why we need native support, that's why I love Free
Software, I can choose my own hardware platform.

For example, will Helix compile their closed codecs for all platforms
where Linux/BSD are working? I don't think so, then I prefer GStreamer
because the "extra" functionality that Helix could give me is not there
for my platform (PowerMac) and I know that Gstreamer follow the same
free software goals I like. Perhaps you could give me more things but
you need to win your Free software reputation before I can trust you and
remove my gstreamer support to work with you.


> Sorry, but that's incorrect - ffmpeg has reverse engineered all of them
> SVQ1/3, WMV1/2, plus a bunch more). FFmpeg is included in Xine, mplayer,
> GStreamer and a plentihood of other media thingies.
> See

Good work :-)

> Ronald
Carlos Perelló Marín
Debian GNU/Linux Sid (PowerPC)
Linux Registered User #121232
mailto:carlos pemas net || mailto:carlos gnome org
Valencia - Spain

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