Fedora Present and Future: a Fedora.next 2014 Update (Part II, “What’s Happening?”)

Adam Williamson awilliam at redhat.com
Tue Apr 1 00:17:02 UTC 2014

On Mon, 2014-03-31 at 09:17 -0500, Rex Dieter wrote:
> Richard W.M. Jones wrote:
> > - VLC
> > 
> > Free software video player, but with a requirement (or at least can
> > use if available) proprietary / patented / ugly / semi-legal codecs.
> > Currently packaged in RPMFusion for reasons I'm not clear on.
> I've looked into this a bit, and discussed with other distro packagers and 
> vlc upstream.
> VLC is fairly modular, and it's unencumbered bits could be brought to fedora 
> and the other stuff live in some -freeworld subpkg in rpmfusion. 
> Implementing this would be a bit of work, but worth it in my opinion.  I 

Well, I'm not so sure. A *lot* of people really don't understand the
patent issue. Like, at all. They don't understand modularity. Like, at
all. To a lot of people, the thing called 'vlc' is a magic black box
that plays every video ever. They "install VLC" and then they play
videos. This is the limit of their understanding.

If we make it so you can 'yum install vlc' and get something that can
barely play anything, then tell people they 'just' have to 'yum install
vlc-freeworld' to get it to actually work properly, we may wind up with
more unhappiness than we have just by having all of vlc in the Sekrit
Third Party Repository in the first place. That kinda forces them to get
the whole thing or nothing, which is almost always what they want. They
never wind up in the twilight zone where they have what is, to them,
half a VLC.
Adam Williamson
Fedora QA Community Monkey
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