[MPlayer-dev-eng] [RFC] Release news entry and download page changes

Alexander Strasser eclipse7 at gmx.net
Thu Jun 7 01:00:16 CEST 2012

Hi Reimar,

Reimar Döffinger wrote:
> Here's what I came up with so far.

  sounds good to me so far. I especially like the rather humorous parts :)

  Some minor remarks follow.

> Index: src/dload.en
> ===================================================================
> Index: src/news.en
> ===================================================================
> --- src/news.en	(revision 3616)
> +++ src/news.en	(working copy)
> @@ -8,6 +8,76 @@
>  <div class="newsentry">
>  <h2>
> +	<a name="mplayer11">2011-01-30, Sunday :: MPlayer 1.1 released</a>
> +	<br><span class="poster">posted by the <a href="mailto:projects at mplayerhq.hu">release team</a></span>
> +</h2>
> +
> +<p>
> +We gave up on 1.0
> +</p>
> +
> +<p>
> +After a long pause, we decided that it might be a good idea to make
> +a new release. While we had our fun with the naming scheme with lots
> +of "pre" and "rc" it seemed time to move on and with everyone incrementing
> +major versions between weekly and monthly we hope to be forgiven for
> +jumping ahead to 1.1.

  Probably insert "</p><p>" here.

> +It is intended to be compatible with the recent FFmpeg 0.11 release.
> +We hope it will be useful to distros and other users relying on FFmpeg 0.11.

> +To get the latest and greatest in features and bug fixes, Subversion
> +HEAD should be a better fit.
> +</p>

  Maybe this or similar would be clearer and easier to follow:
  "Those who want the latest and greatest in features and bug fixes, are
  encouraged to follow Subversion trunk."

> +
> +<p>
> +Among the bigger news is that we found a maintainer for the X11 gmplayer GUI,
> +so those holding out on it against our earlier recommendations will get a lot
> +of bug fixes.

  Insert "</p><p>" probably here too.

> +There is also support for more subtitle types (Bluray, DVB, DVB closed-caption
> +for example), many improvements to -vo gl like output of 10 bit video,

  s/like/including/ would be more readable IMHO

> +very basic but usable OpenGL ES support and much better SDL support which
> +makes it a usable choice on OSX (particularly on older PowerPC variants much
> +faster than corevideo or quartz).
> +MPlayer will now also try much harder to handle intermittent network failures,
> +for example trying to reconnect.
> +</p>
> +
> +<p>
> +As part of the code cleanup efforts, the internal libfaad2 copy has been removed
> +since the FFmpeg decoder is working well. Also the internal mp3lib copy is no
> +longer used by default, also because the codebase has often show issues with the
> +newest compilers.

  "also because the code base has often shown issues", the n in show_n_ was missing

  That sentence in conjunction with the next sentence sounds a bit contradicting
though I do know what you mean.

> However it is still selectable at runtime by default.
> +If you do not actually need it consider disabling it at compile time with --disable-mp3lib.
> +</p>

  I would prefer:
  "However it is still selectable at runtime, so it can be used for tracking
  regressions. Please do not rely on it as it will be removed in future."

  Maybe mentioning libmpg123 improvements would also be a good idea, but
probably it will get to technical at this point.

> +
> +<p>
> +As a first for this release, the tarballs are available in two variants:
> +compressed with xz and compressed with gzip.
> +Please get the xz variant if you can to save bandwidth, the gzip version
> +is for everyone that cannot use it.
> +Should you never have encountered xz compressed files, newer versions of
> +tar can uncompress it via "tar xJf MPlayer-1.1.tar.xz".
> +</p>
> +
> +<p>
> +MPlayer 1.1 can be downloaded by
> +<a href="http://www.mplayerhq.hu/MPlayer/releases/MPlayer-1.1.tar.xz">HTTP (xz, 11 MB)</a>,
> +<a href="ftp://ftp.mplayerhq.hu/MPlayer/releases/MPlayer-1.1.tar.xz">FTP (xz, 11 MB)</a>,
> +<a href="http://www.mplayerhq.hu/MPlayer/releases/MPlayer-1.1.tar.gz">HTTP (gzip, 17 MB)</a> or
> +<a href="ftp://ftp.mplayerhq.hu/MPlayer/releases/MPlayer-1.1.tar.gz">FTP (gzip, 17 MB)</a>
> +</p>
> +
> +<p>
> +xz MD5SUM: <b>ac7bf1cfedc1c5c24bfc83107eefb1d9</b><br>
> +xz SHA1SUM: <b>913a4bbeab7cbb515c2f43ad39bc83071b2efd75</b><br>
> +gz MD5SUM: <b>4bf35ef2a802f23b9ad57ba7ef488587</b><br>
> +gz SHA1SUM: <b>e46e3294bc96daabe604e4e195721e4f2d1e5b48</b>
> +</p>
> +
> +</div>
> +
> +<div class="newsentry">
> +
> +<h2>
>  	<a name="Blurayplayback">2012-02-17, Friday :: Playing back BluRay discs</a>
>  	<br><span class="poster">posted by <a href="mailto:patriotact at gmail.com">Compn</a></span>
>  </h2>

  Also nice work on preparing the release tarballs!

  I would appreciate a comment by a native English speaker very much, Compn?


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