Fwd: looking for phonon gstreamer maintainer

Daniel Vrátil dvratil at redhat.com
Fri Oct 4 16:50:29 BST 2013

On Wednesday 25 of September 2013 12:35:25 Harald Sitter wrote:
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Harald Sitter <sitter at kde.org>
> Date: Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 4:55 PM
> Subject: looking for phonon gstreamer maintainer
> To: "For discussion of multimedia (sound/video) issues under KDE"
> <kde-multimedia at kde.org>
> Ahoy,
> since everyone who ever was/is/wanted to be Phonon GStreamer
> maintainer is either busy or has no interest in it, the backend has as
> of right now no actual maintenance.
> If anyone wishes to step up and move the backend forward now is the
> time to do it. I'd like to note that this is not a one-man job though
> and I am going to continue to be supporting developer.
> In the unfortunate case that no one is willing enough we will have to
> look at the possibility of moving the backend out of the support
> scope, leaving Phonon VLC as the only actively supported backend on
> all platforms.
> As immediate result I will likely have to demote the backend's initial
> preference for the upcoming 4.7.0 release below Phonon VLC's.


in Fedora we have a big interest in keeping phonon-gstreamer alive, namely 
because we can't ship phonon-vlc due to legal issues (you know, US company, 
software patents and what not...) and our users would not probably be very 
happy if we had no phonon working backend in Fedora KDE.

So far we are happy with gstreamer-0.10, but we realize that sooner or later 
we will have to start looking into supporting gstreamer-1.0. Even if we are 
able to keep phonon with gstreamer-0.10 alive by patching the hell out of it 
in downstream, at some point we will be forced to drop it, and then we would 
have nothing to switch to.

So I'm willing to help keeping phonon-gstreamer alive in upstream (I'm not 
saying I'll be able to fix all the bugs) and slowly look into the gst-1.0 port. 
I'm not able to fully maintain yet another project (I already have more than 
enough :-)), but as said above, I can contribute to keep it alive and push it 
over the hill to gstreamer-1.0 (come on, how hard can it be? ;-))

Luckily for me, we have a GStreamer guy in the office, so I can get some help 
from him if necessary :)


> HS

Daniel Vrátil
KDE Desktop Team
Associate Software Engineer, Red Hat, Inc.

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