[arch-dev-public] Killing the 'codecs' package

Jason Chu jason at archlinux.org
Mon Dec 17 20:27:13 EST 2007

On Tue, Dec 18, 2007 at 06:42:41AM +0530, Varun Acharya wrote:
> On 12/18/07, eliott <eliott at cactuswax.net> wrote:
> >
> >
> > I think putting it in unsupported would be fine. If some people (end
> > users) decide they really must have it, then more power to them to
> > maintain it in the aur (with a note to not have it taken into
> > community).
> > At that point it would just be a pkgbuild anyway.
> >
> Somehow, this doesn't seem  very future proof. When a new codec arrives,
> it will take some time for VLC/ffmpeg/xine guys to come out with the open
> source equivalent (for example, the amount of time it took to get .rmvb
> support) after all the reverse engineering and voodoo magic they do. What if
> this new codec becomes really popular, really fast? Somehow, it doesn't seem
>  practical to direct users to AUR to get the  codecs. I propose instead
> renaming 'codecs' to 'codecs-nonfree' or something similar, and  shipped
> along with the post_install or post_upgrade message we had discussed
> earlier.
> Thanks,
> Varun

(Please don't make your first line part of the last response)

I disagree that this is a problem.  When we hit this situation, we can talk
about changing it.

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