Re: chromium-browser from experimental has included h.264 by default?
On Mon, May 10, 2010 at 22:15:28 (CEST), Iker Salmón San Millán wrote:
> Hi, i didn't know where or how to report this, but i have readed in a forum
> that an user has tried chromium-browser from experimental and seems that it
> includes by default those privative codecs.
As others have noted in this thread, debian has shipped a working h264
decoder in the 'ffmpeg' package since years without any problem. Even
lenny (and I'm pretty sure etch as well) have shipped software to decode
AFAIUI, Debian has not been approached by any patent holder directly or
indirectly. Which does not mean that this fact is undisputed, see bug
#522373 for details.
> this is the process. Adding ubuntu launchpad repositories to install
> chromium, you need to install chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-nonfree in order to
> watch youtube videos in html5 format.
this package is named increadibly confusingly. I've already asked to the
maintainer of those packages to rename the package to
chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra, and he agreed. The package
chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-nonfree is now a transitional package only.
To clarify: it seems that one can build chromium without the internal
(and quite heavily patched) copy of ffmpeg, in which case h264 is not
supported. In the package chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra contains a shared
library which contains all ffmpeg derived libraries libavcodec,
libavformat and libavutil linked into a single shared library.
> Is this correct?
> does chromium-browser package in debian have h264 codecs included?
> is this because it is in experimental and they will be separated
I hope not.
> or just a mistake?
> or maybe those codecs are included in other package installed that i
> haven't seen?
in short: we have multiple copies of software that decodes 264, and
chromium uses its private copy.
Reinhard Tartler, KeyID 945348A4