[Mono-bugs] [Bug 349057] New: Moonlight should offer GStreamer as an alternative media engine

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Sat Dec 15 10:39:52 EST 2007


           Summary: Moonlight should offer GStreamer as an alternative media
           Product: Moonlight
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: i686
        OS/Version: Linux
            Status: NEW
          Severity: Enhancement
          Priority: P5 - None
         Component: media
        AssignedTo: mono-bugs at ximian.com
        ReportedBy: ngompa13 at gmail.com
         QAContact: mono-bugs at ximian.com
          Found By: Other

Moonlight should offer GStreamer as an alternative media engine so that
distributions like Fedora can include them in their official repositories
because FFmpeg as well as the eventual MS codecs will not satisfy the
requirements of software to be included in the repositories.

GStreamer is modular, and can have codecs added to it on the fly. Evidence of
that is in both Fedora and Ubuntu. If a codec is not found, Ubuntu will prompt
to search the enabled repositories to get the codec and play the video or
audio. Fedora does it slightly differently. If the codec isn't available, it
pops up with a message about non-Free codecs and asks if you want to buy one
from Fluendo if it isn't mp3 (because mp3 codec is free, it can grab that right
away). This also allows the Moonlight package to be smaller in size because it
wouldn't be necessary to package codecs with the Moonlight binaries.

While Novell probably doesn't care too much for other distros, since it can
just include proprietary code it owns very easily in its own distro (SUSE),
consideration for other distros is a must when it has to do with Mono.

Please consider this!

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