RFS: smplayer (updated package)

LucidFox inetperson at gmail.com
Mon Apr 20 14:44:24 BST 2009

gtkpod-aac uses libmp4v2 from mpeg4ip. It's the reason it is in
multiverse while "vanilla" gtkpod, built without libmp4v2 support, is
in universe.

2009/4/20 Reinhard Tartler <siretart at debian.org>:
> Maia Kozheva <inetperson at gmail.com> writes:
>> Actually, we could follow the ffmpeg precedent here.
>> To elaborate: before intrepid, the ffmpeg package was in universe (later main)
>> and had restricted codecs disabled, which forced users of restricted-codec
>> versions to install them from medibuntu. In intrepid, ffmpeg was moved to
>> multiverse with extra codecs enabled, but at the same time it introduced a new
>> package: ffmpeg-debian, based on the Debian version without restricted
>> codecs.
> This is not exactly right, the ffmpeg package in ubuntu never had codecs
> disabled completely. What *is* right however is that some *encoders*
> (and ONLY encoders) are disabled, all ffmpeg *decoders* have ever been
> in place.
> What makes things more interesting is that ffmpeg is able to use some
> external libraries to decode even more stuff. Most notably was AAC in
> the past, nowadays it is libmp3lame and amr (the latter not in ubuntu
> because of unredistributable legal status).
>> We could do something similar here and add an mplayer-debian package.
> Please don't. Instead please help me in the pkg-multimedia team to
> maintain the package properly. I already do that for ffmpeg and vlc
> rather successfully (at least I'd say so), so why not mplayer as well.
>> In general, the handling of restricted codecs in Ubuntu has been inconsistent.
>> Another example of parallel packages is gtkpod, where the version without AAC
>> support is named simply gtkpod (and autosynced from Debian) but the more
>> functional version is named gtkpod-aac and has to be merged manually.
> No idea what's going on with gtkpod, but duplicating functionality like
> that doesn't seem pretty clever to me. Do you happen to know if
> gtkpod-aac uses ffmpeg or libfaac? It seems to depend on neither,
> though, so I'm confused whats going on in that package.
> --
> Gruesse/greetings,
> Reinhard Tartler, KeyID 945348A4

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