Help wanted to evolve KDEs music players

Ben Cooksley bcooksley at
Tue Aug 4 11:28:35 BST 2015

On Tue, Aug 4, 2015 at 10:18 PM, Martin Sandsmark
<martin.sandsmark at> wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 04, 2015 at 10:41:45AM +0200, Harald Sitter wrote:
>> During last akademy I brought up the possibility of killing
>> phonon-gstreamer and going vlc-only in Phonon. While this discussion
>> happened on a private packager list I can not point to it but the gist
>> of it was that Fedora doesn't have VLC, OpenSUSE has a "crippled" VLC
>> and Slackware doesn't have any packages and probably will not ever.
> Why don't they provide VLC?
>> KDE Sysadmins raised concerns that we wouldn't be able to provide VLC
>> in any sort of bundled binary fashion as our mirror network covers
>> many jurisdictions where VLC might be problematic (not that I think we
>> would want to distribute binaries containing VLC anyway although it is
>> very much a possibility with windows/osx I have been told).
> Videolan itself has a ton of mirrors all over the world, which parts of the
> world does KDE have mirrors that Videolan doesn't? (And also same question
> as above.)

We can't speak for our mirrors in terms of legal risk - those hosting
VLC in the questionable countries may have decided they'll take the
The USA is the obvious problem country there...

> And in my humble opinion, that some distros cripple themselves shouldn't be
> our problem... If a distro doesn't provide what users need, users should use
> another distro.
> --
> Martin Sandsmark


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