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Re: Media players in Debian

FWIW, I found your mail unnecessarily offensive.

"Andrew Donnellan" <ajdlinux@gmail.com> writes:

> On 9/22/06, Reinhard Tartler <siretart@tauware.de> wrote:
>> Upstream does care for legal issues, and patents in particular. Check
>> the mplayer development mailing list archive for the last months.
> For the last months, as you say. Maybe this is because of the increased
> pressure now that software patents are now being enforced and so on. At
> the beginning they seemed to just chuck in whatever.
> The Mplayer devs are still not communicating with Debian about the
> remaining problems. To rectify them we need to communicate better and
> get their input on d-l and d-d.

Regarding your attitude and how you (most probably not delibrately, and
its really not only you) spread misinformation, I can really understand
why upstream mplayer developers do not seek dialogue on the public
mailing lists debian-devel and debian-legal. It's a too wide audience
and a too heated topic to get useful results.

On the other hand, I got contacted by upstream (DonDiego and Rathann)
because I care for the mplayer package in ubuntu. They were very
friendly, helpful and listened to our concerns. They explained us some
thing we didn't really realise, and helped us to improve the
package. You see, upstream does communicate with distros. In fact, they
told us that they contacted SuSE (IIRC) before.

Considering your contributions to this thread, I see 3 possibilites:

 - you are interested in not having a mplayer package in debian, then
   please clearly say so. I don't have that impression
 - you are not interested in having a mplayer package in debian, then
   please refrain from contributing offensive posts like your previous
 - you are interested in having a mplayer package in debian, then please
   try to learn the current status and problems why its not in debian
   (yet). As I said in another post, I don't really know them either,
   but I'm confident that Andrea and the ftpmaster will come up with an
   result in due time.

Reinhard Tartler, KeyID 945348A4

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