Webcams, eye-candy and Phonon

Michael Donaghy md401 at
Thu Apr 27 18:14:41 BST 2006

On Thursday 27 April 2006 17:00, Arc Riley wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 27, 2006 at 05:52:32PM +0200, Laurent Pinchart wrote:

> > > 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.
> >
> > Why not through a plugin API ?
> Because a plugin is loaded into the codespace of the parent program, and
> could be considered to violate the license of that parent program
> depending on which one you use.
> If you're working with a LGPL/GPL framework, contact the FSF license
> team before putting too much work into it.

LGPL would allow it and gstreamer IIRC is explicitly LGPL so that you can have 
propriety plugins. I bellieve kde libraries are also made lgpl?

> The way linux works with 
> proprietary modules is sketchy, even, and I know there's been problems
> with other projects who actually enforce things like this.
> Linus is just really lax about plugins and, I believe, ignoring the GPL
> in some violations in order to promote it's useage.
Again IIRC, there are specific exceptions for linux to allow binary modules.
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