the so called "for those taking the higher ground and declaring it a soap opera" if nothing to do with taking the higher ground as you put it , and this whole thread is nothing more than Michael coming in to the Mplayer thread totally unprepared and lacking any background....

the simple fact is Mplayer is today an almost unmaintained project with very little active input, the reason is simple , they are all in FFmpeg/libav and on IRC now and are actively transferring many of the filter's to these codebases etc...

this whole Attila Leaving the project comes from and leads directly from this ffmpeg thread outlining the facts as relates to the services provided for instance
http://ffmpeg.org/pipermail/ffmpeg-d...ch/108249.html
Wed Mar 2 18:07:14 CET 2011

and Michael's ( no not phoronix Michael, but rather ffmpeg Michael) continued dig's at different core developers and service providers etc....

now Michael seems to like Michael, and indeed Michael is a very good assembly and C programmer, so Michael seems to favour Michael at the expense of the other assembly programmers in the other team , confused yet

it seems now Michael has reconsidered his position , and replied again adding his offer to resign (from this almost unmaintained project remember)

http://lists.mplayerhq.hu/pipermail/...il/068020.html
as several IRC chats have obviously taken place etc since that Attila post that started this phoronix thread/news item and yet there are very few posts to their mailing list.....


the simple fact is, there are a very few active assembly dev's and their in the ffmpeg or libav camps, and Michael said he will cherry pick all the libav and other patches as they appear, cant blame him as there are more assembly devs writing and porting x264 code in libav than ffmpeg now.... so as you can see its all very simple its all good for getting clicks for the commercial Phoronix Test Suite OC