Re: Debian multimedia repository
On 08/01/2012 02:18 PM, Titanus Eramius wrote:
In my case, I'd prefer using Debian-Multimedia anyway for my
music/videos/what have you. Debian doesn't even give me libdvdcss
because of "questionable" legal status. Since almost all DVD movies on
the market since the dawn of time are content scrambled, this is a case
of Debian-Multimedia > Debian for media enthusiasts.
On Wed, 01 Aug 2012 21:20:59 +0300
Teemu Likonen<email@example.com> wrote:
Gary Dale [2012-08-01 13:55:09 -0400] wrote:
Agreed. I would also advise people to stay away from
debian-multimedia. It's packages are incompatible with standard
Debian packages in many cases. [...] debian-multimedia can be too
much of a headache.
It has worked fine the seven or eight years I've been using it. So, it
depends. Different Debian releases and different packages vary so much
that I think we can't say that Debian multimedia is good or bad as a
whole. Instead we could warn users that occasionally there are
My 2 cents on this is, that once packages is installed from Debian
Multimedia it's very hard to go back to stable. But if one keeps using
Debian Multimedia there are rarely any problems.
Most desktop end-users may find it more worthwhile to use Debian-Multimedia for multimedia due to a couple factors, anyway.
Sorry if that seems rather negative to Debian. I'm not the "obsessed
with free-as-in-freedom" type. I use what works, and I don't lose sleep
over libraries like libdvdcss or the w64codecs.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to flame or diss Debian. But
objectively there are definite downsides to an "all-free" lifestyle, and
end users on OSen like Windows and OS X look at Debian and wonder why we
would choose NOT to have DVD support (Remember, from their point of
view, it's a bit of an all or nothing perspective. libdvdread and
libdvdmenu are safe even by Debian standards, without CSS it's still "no
It's important to a lot of people, but it is often the attempts to make
open source moral/ethical issues that scares a lot of would-be adopters
of Linux away.
Just... food for thought.