orphaning xine-lib, EOL'ing phonon-backend-xine

Kevin Kofler kevin.kofler at chello.at
Sat Jun 11 00:58:40 UTC 2011

Rex Dieter wrote:
> The labor of love that was maintaining xine-lib has passed, as it will no
> longer be a dependency in f16's kde stack in any form.  As such, I'm
> orphaning it.  Kevin Kofler has offered to take ownership, though I'd
> venture he'd welcome any comaintainer assistance offered.

FWIW, there's one third-party KDE-Platform-based application still using 
xine-lib for the foreseeable future: Kaffeine. That package was also 
orphaned, I picked it up too.

> In a similar vein, phonon-backend-xine has officially been deprecated and
> is no longer supported.  We'll be EOL'ing this one soon.

It's indeed time for that one to just go away, phonon-backend-gstreamer is 
now the better solution. I'm not going to attempt resurrecting phonon-
backend-xine unless upstream suddenly changes their mind about the 
recommended Phonon backend again and brings it back from the ashes (but 
xine-lib itself would need a sudden reinjection of life as well).

We've been doing the switch step by step:
* Fedora 9, 10 and 11 installed only phonon-backend-xine by default.
* Fedora 12, 13 and 14 installed both phonon-backend-xine and phonon-
backend-gstreamer by default and defaulted to phonon-backend-xine.
* Fedora 15 only installs phonon-backend-gstreamer by default. phonon-
backend-xine is still in the repository, but will not be used by default 
even when installed.
* Fedora 16 will only support phonon-backend-gstreamer.

        Kevin Kofler

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