Webcams, eye-candy and Phonon
arc at xiph.org
Thu Apr 27 16:40:42 BST 2006
On Thu, Apr 27, 2006 at 05:28:24PM +0200, Laurent Pinchart wrote:
> While the hardware interface is open and documented, they want to keep the
> additional software closed (IP protection, third-party NDAs and so on). We
> have agreed that providing the customer with open-source free software
> drivers to access the webcams and optional binary modules for eye-candy would
> be the best trade-off.
This is not the view of many free software advocates and this
proprietary code should not find it's way into KDE4.
What I would suggest is seeing what these effects are and implementing
them from scratch. Otherwise, prehaps a "video processing" API is
needed which allows both free and proprietary effects to be achived
through a standalone executable communicating through a unix pipe/etc.
It really sounds to me that linksys is just trying to make sure this
proprietary effects software will only work with their hardware, as they
do on Windows as a marketing gimmik to sell their cameras. This sort of
behavior is not acceptable to the free software community.
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