Fwd: looking for phonon gstreamer maintainer

Harald Sitter sitter at kde.org
Tue Oct 8 09:39:41 BST 2013

On Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 5:50 PM, Daniel Vrátil <dvratil at redhat.com> wrote:
> 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.
> Hi,
> 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? ;-))

That's great! Some progress is certainly better than no progress :D
If you could hop on #kde-multimedia we can coordinate development etc.

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

Sebastian Dröge from GStreamer also offered to help, so we definitely
have some GStreamer backing. Yay.


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