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From: Brent Busby <brent@×××××××××.org>
To: Gentoo Desktop Listserv <gentoo-desktop@l.g.o>
Subject: [gentoo-desktop] ffmpeg versions in portage
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 04:19:43
1 With all the arguing I see in the forums lately about libav versus
2 ffmpeg, I thought I'd ask an ffmpeg question of a different nature:
4 Upstream, the ffmpeg people are releasing 2.5 as "stable." Some people
5 (who I'm not going to argue with, since I don't really have a position
6 on it myself) say the ffmpeg developers are reckless. However, I notice
7 that most other distros are at least shipping 2.2 (perhaps with lots of
8 distro patches to fix problems?).
10 Gentoo's stable ffmpeg is currently 1.2.6, a fully maintained (i.e., not
11 defunct or deprecated) branch with ffmpeg upstream, apparently
12 maintained for really conservative users.
14 All of this has me wondering...should I unmask? Both 2.2 and 2.5 are
15 available in Portage as ~amd64 ebuilds. Is anyone here doing this?
16 Does it unleash the hounds of hell (or the UNIX equivalent, lots of
17 unpleasant segfaults and codec problems)? I'm mostly wanting better
18 Bluray/WMV3/VC-1 support, but I don't know how that stands between the
19 various 1.2/2.2/2.5 branches.
21 From talking to people who don't run Gentoo, I've found that it has a
22 reputation for being bleeding-edge, but at times, I've found to the
23 contraty that it can actually sometimes be overcautious, making it hard
24 to tell if you're missing out on things other distros are enjoying
25 because your upgrades are masked. Sometimes, package versions will stay
26 masked for months or years just because nobody got around to marking
27 them stable for amd64 and not because of any actual bugs.
29 Anybody running ffmpeg 2.x without issues? If so, which one...2.2 or
30 2.5?
32 --
33 + Brent A. Busby + "We've all heard that a million monkeys
34 + Sr. UNIX Systems Admin + banging on a million typewriters will
35 + University of Chicago + eventually reproduce the entire works of
36 + James Franck Institute + Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet,
37 + Materials Research Ctr + we know this is not true." -Robert Wilensky


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