[MPlayer-users] Uoti nonsense, and my parting words

Phil Rhodes phil_rhodes at rocketmail.com
Sat May 22 17:57:44 CEST 2010

> Ok, use revision 31190. Everyone happy now?

Look, there's two sane approaches to this.


- you generate official releases (ideally with binaries), and yes that means 
you are going to be asked to support them regardless of whether a fix is 
already checked into source control for the user's problem, or

- you continue with the current model in which you can ask people to use 
"latest SVN", but "latest SVN" might sometimes not work and is in any case 
not be available to a lot of people without a frankly unreasonable amount of 
messing about.

Neither is ideal, but I think the content of this thread is ample evidence 
that the current approach is just winding people up, both developers and 
users. Nobody's really winning here.

At the end of the day this is why commercial developers have alphas and 
betas and RCs and releases, and yes it is annoying and yes it is time 
consuming and yes nobody really cares to do it. At some point though 
presumably people work on FOSS "in the hope that it will be useful", and I 
think it's worth spending some time on this stuff or you just cripple the 
usefulness of it for everyone.

I don't care what the solution is, I'd just like to see one that works. If 
there's any way I can help, as a non-software-engineer, then let me know.


More information about the MPlayer-users mailing list