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Re: [opensuse-multimedia] howto make a video clip
On Feb 16, 11 11:25:38 +0200, Dave Plater wrote:
On 02/16/2011 09:23 AM, jdd wrote:
That's the problem, there's a movie file filter but the use of ffmpeg is
removed (crippled)
ffmpeg or anything that has mpeg in the name is prohibited in the
openSUSE build service, "crippled" is the term used....

I always fell sorry, when reading things like this. Crippled software so
often creates confusion about what should work, and how.

The best option, of course, is make the changes so that the
missing parts explain themselves well. E.g. when you try to load an mpeg clip,
it responds with a message explaining the need to reach out to packman or
try a different format like ogg. This is of course additional work and
thus rarely done.

I see two other less invasive options:
- Never ever cripple. Just drop. Maybe replace by a pull-in-proxy-package,
knows which package version from which external repo works well, and suggests
installation when called.
- Mark the package prominently. E.g. as in in rename our crippled "blender" to
"blender_le" ("limited edition") or something.

Would that make sense?


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