[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCH] make img_convert symbol conditional on lavc version, not libswscale

Anssi Hannula anssi.hannula
Fri Jun 6 09:39:06 CEST 2008

Michael Niedermayer wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 05, 2008 at 05:52:12PM +0200, Reinhard Tartler wrote:
>> Michael Niedermayer <michaelni at gmx.at> writes:
>>>> Is enabling img_convert really a problem?  Can't the scalers be used
>>>> side by side?
>>> Its duplicated code and bloat at least and as said i do not know if it works
>>> at all.
>> Duplicated code bloat is in general not an issue for general purpose
>> distributions. 
> Ever tried to run (and especially use) recent software
> (kde, gnome, firefox, ...) on an old computer? Iam writing this on a 500mhz P3
> with 192mb ram. firefox is on it at least 20 times slower than any browser was
> on a 90mhz pentium, with significantly less ram, when these where average
> systems.
> So as far as iam concerned, i prefer to live without bloated and duplicated
> stuff. Thats just me, maybe the requirements of these "general purpose
> distributions" start above the computer i use and maybe they just dont
> care about people who like to use a computer which hasnt been bought last
> month.

We do care, but there's not much we can do.

New versions of software usually add bloat (e.g. try some pre-release of
firefox (phoenix) and compare its speed to current firefox; the older
one's a lot faster). Generally most people want the latest versions and
features, so we ship them. If there was an easy way to make the
distribution perform better on old computers without sacrificing
features, we'd do it.

Anssi Hannula

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