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Re: GStreamer xwidget

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: GStreamer xwidget
Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2021 23:09:55 -0500

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  > > We would have to trust them to place only free plugins in
  > > `gst-plugins-good' and `gst-plugins-base', and to document the plugins
  > > correctly.

  > Wait, it’s not needed to trust anyone.  There aren’t millions of plugins, 
  > maximum hundreds: it would be perfectly feasible to include the list of 
  > all of them into emacs.  The question is whether to *delegate* that work 
  > to GNOME, and the issue would then be when that list changes, what about 
  > updates, etc.

Please state concretely what it is that you're disagreeing about.
Instead of arguing about whether to "trust GNOME", please tell
us what exactly the GStreamer developers did.  Then we can  see
whether that solves the problem.

  > Btw, why whitelisting good and base, instead of blacklisting bad and ugly? 

There are probably lots of nonfree plugins.  Trying to list them would
be a lot of work, and unreliable too.

If you want to use some plug-in that isn't in the good list, you can
edit the code and recompile.  Or patch in the string constant of your
choice with GDB.  Those take a little work, but they are not an obstacle
for a hacker.

Dr Richard Stallman (https://stallman.org)
Chief GNUisance of the GNU Project (https://gnu.org)
Founder, Free Software Foundation (https://fsf.org)
Internet Hall-of-Famer (https://internethalloffame.org)

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