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Re: Bug#176267: ITP: mplayer -- Mplayer is a full-featured audioand video player for UN*X like systems

On Sat, Jan 25, 2003 at 01:40:53PM +0100, Gabucino wrote:

> Anyway: we support MPlayer being included in Debian - there is an ongoing
> thread on the development mailing list with Andrea Menucc, to sort out
> possible problems. libmp3lame's removal from Debian is very unfortunate, for
> users won't be able to use MEncoder which is the most complete non-MPEG2
> encoder on (Earth..) Linux.

I'm not going to take a position regarding the problems of the past, as I
have no first-hand experience with them.  However, I would like to say that
I am pleased that you (assuming you represent the views of the mplayer team)
are not allowing an individual conflict to hamper your relationship with
Debian as a whole.

Regarding mencoder, it is unfortunate that lame cannot be included[0], but
mencoder is still useful without it.  I use it regularly with -oac copy or
even -oac pcm.  I would love to be able to use Vorbis; open and unencumbered
lossy audio compression is currently much more advanced and available than
the corresponding video compression technologies.

[0] an extensive discussion can be found at

 - mdz

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