[MPlayer-users] Request for MPLAYER development assistance (this is for money)

Ivo ivop at euronet.nl
Thu Feb 7 23:00:39 CET 2008

On Thursday 07 February 2008 22:05, Rich Felker wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 07, 2008 at 03:26:06AM -0600, DAVE wrote:
> > I basically estimate a very savvy good programmer may take
> > a few fortnights to finish the project, depending on skill
> > level and knowledge of this platform.  If you can do it in
> > a couple days then perfect!  This will not be a HUGE
> > project, ... but it does have some detail to it.
> >
> > The amount I can pay will be in the hundreds of dollars.
> > I pay in cash, and can work out details with you once we
> > get things moving.
> Do you really expect to find someone with such smaller offerings? A
> few hundred dollars would be fine for a 1- or 2-day project, but I
> don't think you'll find anyone willing to code for less than minimum
> wage...
> (Hint: 2 weeks of coding at just 5 days a week and 10 hours a day
> would be 100 hours of work. "Hundreds of dollars" doesn't seem so good
> anymore does it?)

Yeah, exactly. 100 hours would be something like 750 euro / 1100 USD over 
here at minimum wage (before taxes that is).


> > 1) Understanding of SOURCE CODE completely, to make simple and
> > advanced changes to core code

MPlayer has over 800,000 lines of code. Nobody understands all the code 
completely and people that come close will probably not want to work for 
minimum wage.

> Also you should make it clear up front that you understand the GPL,
> since surely no one wants to help you infringe on it. The way you're
> acting so secretive about what the project actually is makes it sound
> like you have some commercial motive which might or might not be
> compatible with the GPL.

Yes, that's what I was thinking too. The secrecy and interest in OSD related 
code seems to point in the direction of an STB/STU.


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