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mplayer, the time has come



hi

I have uploaded a new version of the 'mplayer' package for Debian,
namely version 1.0pre6-1

(Unfortunately it does not show yet in the new queue  at 
http://qa.debian.org/~anibal/debian-NEW.html 
but it is also accessible at 
http://tonelli.sns.it/pub/mplayer/sarge
)

I REALLY think that the time has come for mplayer to be part of Debian


--- HISTORY and CURRENT STATUS 

There have been two main problems keeping mplayer out of Debian:
licenses and copyrights.

Licenses:
the upstream code contains some code that is protected by 
(more or less) actively enforced licenses:
DeCSS code to decode encrypted dvd;
ffmpeg and OpenDivx code to en/decode MPEG4.

Solution:
the DeCSS  is deleted from the package proposed for Debian 
(for this reason, I upload mplayer as a native package); 
whereas ffmpeg is not a problem anymore : the package 'ffmpeg'
is in Debian already. 
The OpenDivx code is not there any more, see in section E.2 of docs, or
http://www.mplayerhq.hu/DOCS/HTML/en/mplayer-binary.html 

Copyrights: at some time in the past, a lot of code was added to mplayer
without keeping due track (as GPL requires); this spurred a long
and wild thread in debian and mplayer lists, about 5 years ago.

Solution: lately, the mplayer team did a long and detailed work to track down
the origin of all the code in MPlayer; the results are in the 'Copyright'
file. 


--- PLEA

Please, please

I acknowledge that, in the past, there were many problems that
prevented mplayer from entering Debian; these problems sometimes
spurred flaming threads; I think that these problems are now solved;
but some people would still write  mails as 
"mplayer is a copyright mess" or 
"mplayer is so encumbered by patents it will never go in Debian".

Please forget the past problems and check this package as it is now.

--- POPULAR SUPPORT

there have been many voices asking for mplayer to be in Debian

Jan 05, F Dannemare: 
 " what is now holding back 
   software such as mplayer/mencoder, transcode and mjpegtools from 
   entering Debian?"
http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/01/msg00721.html 

Goswin von Brederlow :
 "At least I would like to know whats up with mplayer now that ffmpeg is
 in Debian."
http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/02/msg00136.html 

Jul 2004 , L Kaplan:
 "I didn't find any package for MPlayer on the main repository. I checked
 its license and found it to be GPL v2
 (http://www.mplayerhq.hu/homepage/design7/info.html)
 Any reason that it won't have a package?"
http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2004/07/msg01522.html 

Jan 04, D Shearer, Re: Top 5 things that aren't in Debian but should be :-)
  "mplayer will definitely make the top 5, it illustrates some of the
   bottle-necks of Debian or better, of the upstream. When two perfect ones
   meet ;) "
http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2004/01/msg00820.html 

M Krafft
  "So can we package it now for Debian?"
http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2003/07/msg00942.html 

Moreover there have been many many ITP for mplayer.

--- HISTORY

the history of the effort to have MPlayer into Debian is a loooong one;
we have uploaded many packages; the second-but-last time I prepared and/or
uploaded a package was in 
Jul 2003 :  http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2003/07/msg01633.html 
  we received some feedback and we corrected all problems in mplayer 0.90
Mar 2004 : 
 there was a nice and contructive thread started by
  http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2004/03/msg00235.html 
 which suggested that mplayer was ready to be accepted
 (but for a minor concern expressed in
   http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2004/03/msg00243.html 
  that was not considered too bad to reject the package).

I then uploaded a package  mplayer 1.0.cvs20030324-1
that was refused (in Aug 04) because 
/usr/share/doc/mplayer/copyright was incomplete; I uploaded a 
corrected version , and never received a reply.


a.

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Andrea Mennucc
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