debian-multimedia.org considered harmful - redux
fabian at greffrath.com
Mon Mar 19 09:44:22 UTC 2012
thanks for taking care of this.
Please note that I am neither a DD nor a DM. But as a regular
contributor and one of the oldest members in this team, I feel
authorized to reply and present at least my own personal opinion. ;)
Am 18.03.2012 22:41, schrieb Stefano Zacchiroli:
> I'd like to know if, in the opinion of the Debian Multimedia Team as a
> whole, debian-multimedia.org is currently more harmful than useful to
> the Debian Project and its users.
Yes, I think it's a lot more harmful than useful for several reasons:
1) the aforementioned incompatibilities and package name clashes with
official Debian packages
2) the interest conflict that became visible when d-m.o personell
tried to actively prevent the inclusion of full-enabled ffmpeg
packages into Debian, cf.
3) the presence of these packages in d-m.o distracts the attention
from the official Debian archive; we were able to get e.g. transcode
and gpac into the official archive - for the benefit of all - without
that much of a hassle, which was not even tried by d-m.o personell in
the first place - interest conflict again, if you are asking me.
I believe that now, with the Debian Patent Policy available, we can
get at least half of the d-m.o packages into official Debian. I
believe that the current situation, in which d-m.o users get bound and
locked to this repository e.g. by means of their ffmpeg library
packages dependencies, could be connected to this fact - given how
much this could affect the click-statistics and thus income of d-m.o.
> Note that I explicitly ask for a team position on this matter. I'm well
> aware of Reinhard position, also thanks to his mail, but I'd like to
> understand if his is the uniform view on the team, or if there are other
> positions within the team.
What I have written above is certainly not *the team's position* but
only the first few points that came to my mind.
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