On Tue, Jul 15, 2003 at 12:09:21AM -0700, David Nusinow wrote: > > Christian Marillat has had Debian packages for stable and unstable for > > quite some time now. > > > > http://marillat.free.fr/ For more information. > > But he refuses to officially support them, and I can't say I blame him. > Getting mplayer in to Debian is more a political problem than anything, > as both groups have managed to totally alienate each other fairly > recently. The trick will be to find a maintainer who's willing to step > in to that line of fire. Since I'm pretty new to Debian development I wouldn't be worried about stepping into that line of fire. But the central problem with packaging a generic mplayer means that most of the bells and whistles have to be enabled, and the features that people use mplayer chiefly for are non-free Windows Media/QuickTime support. And it's not heavily optimized for your architecture, which in the case of this application probably makes a significant difference, at least more so than following this philosophy for other programs. If there were a mplayer in Debian I doubt I would use it because of the inflexibility it provides. For example, I don't use the Debian sylpheed-claws package becauseevery single useless plugin is enabled, and I don't need 80% of the enabled features. Also, the release cycle is very fast, and I'm keeping track of a bug that is neither fixed upstream or in Debian...so I use the CVS sources and build regularly from them. -Josh -- "Notice that, written there, rather legibly, in the Baroque style common to New York subway wall writers, was, uhm... was the old familiar suggestion. And rather beautifully illustrated, as well..." -- Art Garfunkel on the inspiration for "A Poem On The Underground Wall"
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