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The FFmpeg vs. Libav War Continues In Debian Land

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Published on 29 July 2014 12:01 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Multimedia
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An FFmpeg package is closer to reaching Debian after years of being rejected in favor of its forked libav alternative, but not all are happy with FFmpeg's reappearance.

A co-maintainer of the potential FFmpeg Debian packages who is also involved in upstream FFmpeg development wrote into Phoronix that the discussion has reignited about allowing FFmpeg back inside Debian. However, the packages have yet to be allowed into Debian experimental but the discussion is ongoing.

Those wishing to see the ongoing discussion about allowing FFmpeg back inside Debian can follow the comments to Debian.org Bug #729203.

Long story short, due to security concerns, package incompatibility issues, and being too short of time before the Debian 8.0 Jessie release, and there's some measurable resistance to adding FFmpeg back to the repository. However, others are after FFmpeg in Debian for features it has over Libav with regard to some codecs and other abilities, some programs not compiling against Libav, and other differences between it and the forked Libav project. Time will tell if/when FFmpeg will be allowed back in Debian and whether it will happen in time for the 8.0 Jessie releae.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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