Shades of Evil
Posted Jan 26, 2011 14:07 UTC (Wed) by przemoc
In reply to: Shades of Evil
Parent article: FFmpeg turmoil
Thank you for some details about preceding events.
It's worth to add that Micheal has not resigned yet. He still reads mailing list and responds sometimes (obviously not as often as before distressful upheaval).
Michael recently got information that made him a bit less self-possessed. The thread he started at ffmpeg-devel theoretically could be summed by following quote:
On Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 5:57 PM, Michael Niedermayer wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 07:18:06PM +0100, Michael Niedermayer wrote:
>> On Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 07:12:51PM +0100, Michael Niedermayer wrote:
>> > On Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 11:17:40AM -0500, compn wrote:
>> > > On Mon, 24 Jan 2011 16:45:05 +0100, Michael Niedermayer wrote:
>> > > >Hi
>> > > >
>> > > >I really wanted to leave, resign and be rid of this retarded political piss game
>> > > >
>> > > >But then one of the developers on my side told me he has been offered money
>> > > >to work for / join the new maintainers.
>> > > >From where is that money?
>> > > >from our foundation it seems
>> > >
>> > > probably ask that developer for mails before jumping to any conclusions.
>> > I will, but i trust him, i dont think he invented this.
>> mail sent, iam waiting, but if its really not from the foundation then it must
>> come from someone else or this is a very odd misunderstanding
> Ive seen the mail, ronald do i have your permission to post the mail here?
I guess. You should ask this privately, not in public, if you want to
protect privacy, though.
(no more details are publicly known AFAIK apart from Ronald statement
, sent before, that it cannot be foundation's money as all directors, including Micheal, need to vote over such decisions)
However it cannot be summed with above quote, because there is a second sub-thread.
Benjamin Larsson suggested
funding Micheal's work on ffmpeg. I'm pretty speechless, because things are getting weirder and weider. Idea per se, extended
by Stefano Sabatini, who believe that raising funds for sponsoring main ffmpeg contributors should be the one of the main objectives of the foundation, is unmistakably great (meant also partially as right, not as innovative).
But there is the context that cannot be just forgotten, especially by Micheal. Therefore (sorry, but I cannot skip this rough association) such offer looks like kind of make-up. Why, why, oh why there was no such proposal before?
Excerpt from Benjamin's last reply
to Micheal in this thread:
>> I'm not aware such events. Most likely not true. But how about we fund
>> you to keep working on your fork? I'm sure there are areas where we can
>> find an agreement for this to happen.
> Thats an odd offer in this thread, but what amount are we talking about?
Suggest a project to the foundation board and an amount that you think
is reasonable for the task. I know (and most of us) that you are
qualified for almost anything FFmpeg related so just pick something that
you would prefer to work on. Depending on the suggestion the board will
then decide if we want to fund the project or not. As long as the
project is a welcome contribution to the FFmpeg project as a whole I see
no reason why it wouldn't be accepted.
(Diego Biurrun even already suggested
a project suitable for Michael, how nice)
Stab and placate week later... I'm somewhat afraid of one thing. Not as a make-up, but rather as a not bad option to continue serious development of ffmpeg, Michael may agree to funded way of development, but there is no guarantee, that it won't be used against him in the future (present?). Actually same goes for the opposite, i.e. resigning. Uneasy situation.
And still lack of at least one simple word from signatories as a whole team (not individuals alone) to the Michael bothers me. I'd like to hope that it was just done non-publicly...
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