Now, that I got people talking...

Lucas Saboya lucas at
Fri Jun 20 12:07:58 UTC 2008

Jeff Spaleta, if you want some help doing this, let me know and I'll help
you every way I can :)
including talking to the ffmpeg people :)

Lucas do Amaral,
Fedora Ambassador - Brazil

2008/6/20 Jeff Spaleta <jspaleta at>:

> On Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 7:14 PM, Ricardo Garcia <rick.g777 at>
> wrote:
> > Personally, I think stopping ffmpeg development for 2, 3 or even 6
> > months to do a code restructuring is indeed worth it (the mozilla guys
> > did it, and now we have Firefox thanks to them). Perhaps it would be
> > nice to ask the ffmpeg devs again, who knows? It might just work -
> > specially coming from the Fedora marketing team ;-)
> If you want to step up and help them change to be more compatible with
> our policy, you are welcome to do that.  But you sure as hell better
> not walk into their process telling them what they do sucks.  You MUST
> approach the conversation without judgment or blame and you must do
> what you can to show that you are serious about doing the hard work
> necessary to help them restructure in a way that is compatible with
> our policy so that our users can benefit from their work.
> We can not blame them for not caring about what we care about.
> Everyone works on projects for their own reasons. If they don't care
> about the issues of patent encumbrance or API stability, that does not
> devalue the work they do. They simply have different interests.  What
> matters is if  that their project structure is open enough to include
> new people with new interests who are willing to work in good faith to
> make ffmpeg easier to use and distribute.  And we aren't going to find
> that out if people want into their process telling them what they are
> doing is wrong.  It's not wrong, its just not what we need. So we need
> people in our community who have the development skills, and a civil
> tongue, to offer to help them make ffmpeg a better fit for our needs
> in a way, for the greater benefit of all.
> -jef
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