Which should be the default in Gentoo, ffmpeg or libav?

There has recently been a discussion among developers about the default choice of ffmpeg/libav in Gentoo. Until recently, libav was the default implicitly by being the first dependency of virtual/ffmpeg. Now the choice has been made explicit to libav in the portage profiles, and a news item regarding this was published.

In order to get a data point which might be useful for the discussion, I have created a poll in the forum, where Gentoo users can state their preference about the default:


You are welcome to vote in the poll, and if you wish also state your reasons in a comment. However, as the topic of ffmpeg/libav split has been discussed extensively already, I ask you to not restart that discussion in the forum thread.


Anton said...

So people vote for ffmpeg to be default. What's next?

Chí-Thanh Christopher Nguyễn said...

Gentoo developers certainly have taken note of the poll results.

The next steps will depend on the maintainers. But as I am not part of the ffmpeg/libav groups, I can't speak for them.

Anton said...

Yeah, sopool is pointless, that's my point. Opensource is not a democracy where majority decide.

Developers who knows the internal stuff make the decision.