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Re: mplayer 1.0pre6a-4 for i386 and PowerPC and sparc

On Mon, Mar 14, 2005 at 09:53:38AM -0800, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 14, 2005 at 11:17:55AM +0100, Sven Luther wrote:
> > Like said, since ubuntu has mplayer, there is really no reason to stale it for
> > debian now.
> I cannot speak for anyone regarding the specific case of mplayer, but the
> above is not a valid inference for any package.  Ubuntu and Debian have very
> different policies for acceptance of new packages.  In particular, the
> Ubuntu archive contains sections for software which is offered "as-is"
> without support and with less rigorous QA, and packages are added to these
> sections fairly liberally.

Yeah, ok, but mplayer was rejected, and is now in many-year-NEW-limbo, for
licencing reasons, which i believe are the same for ubuntu and debian, maybe
worse for ubuntu evem.

> In Debian, every new package is subject to review by an ftpmaster, subject
> to fairly strict criteria, they are implicitly included in various QA
> processes (such as the RC bug list), build failures result in RC bug
> reports, etc.

Ok, so what ? The real point is that the discussion about mplayer degraded a
couple year ago and has since then been held in limbo, no ? 

So if the licencing issues have been solved in such a way that ubuntu carries
it, discussion about its inclusion in debian could start again, and if not,
maybe ubuntu should drop it too.

Also, many of the key persons behind mplayers rejection back then now work at
ubuntu, right ? 


Sven Luther

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