Posted Jan 20, 2011 8:37 UTC (Thu) by NikLi (guest, #66938)
Parent article: FFmpeg turmoil
They do mention "kernel style" but the kernel style actually has one person, Linus, whos replies very often are "I'm not pulling this CRAP!". Then Linus, according to his taste "pushes" to the public tree. On the other hand, most distributions have their own trees and often bypass Linus, or in the case of other projects maintain forks with features which they "don't have the time/resources" to contrinbute upstream.
The problem with politics is that people do favors to their supporters or to gain more supporters and eventually this corrupts the hierarchy and makes the projects vulnerable to exteral influences. Dunno, maybe this will work out in the end. We surely hope so since video is a very sensitive area and thanks to the stubborness of ffmpeg developers to patents, etc we have ffmpeg which is the base of almost all OSS video players.