Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Dec 2009 00:18 UTC
Mac OS X MacNN has just published an important news item regarding the future of the Mac OS X version of the VLC mdia player. According to VLC's developers, the Mac version is at risk of being discontinued due to a lack of developers. Update: The VLC developers claim that Apple is working against them: "Apple doesn't want us on the Mac platform and is blocking us a lot, and refuses to explain why."
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Why?
by CrLf on Thu 17th Dec 2009 00:42 UTC
CrLf
Member since:
2006-01-03

I find intriguing that VLC seems to attract only unix developers. A while ago the windows port was at risk because the number of contributors had dropped down to zero, now the Mac port is at risk for the same reason.

Incidentally, the Windows port is the most popular, and the Mac port is almost crucial for the Mac platform (those "codec packs" are crap).

Maybe someone should donate a Mac to the current devs (not a Windows box, I wish that on no one). ;)

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RE: Why?
by chekr on Thu 17th Dec 2009 01:13 in reply to "Why?"
chekr Member since:
2005-11-05

I dont think it is just that VLC attracts Unix (incl. Linux) devs, it is that Unix devs are more likely to want to contribute without cash reward

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RE: Why?
by ple_mono on Thu 17th Dec 2009 01:26 in reply to "Why?"
ple_mono Member since:
2005-07-26

Incidentally, the Windows port is the most popular, and the Mac port is almost crucial for the Mac platform (those "codec packs" are crap).

I use QT-X for almost all of my needs (particularly the quick look component), using perian as a one-size-fits-all codec pack. Well, that and flip4mac. So I would personally disagree with you on that perian is "crap".

However, VLC is a great project and i would be very sad to see it go though!

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RE[2]: Why?
by kaiwai on Thu 17th Dec 2009 01:53 in reply to "RE: Why?"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

"Incidentally, the Windows port is the most popular, and the Mac port is almost crucial for the Mac platform (those "codec packs" are crap).

I use QT-X for almost all of my needs (particularly the quick look component), using perian as a one-size-fits-all codec pack. Well, that and flip4mac. So I would personally disagree with you on that perian is "crap".

However, VLC is a great project and i would be very sad to see it go though!
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I think alot of the criticisms regarding Perian has to do with incompatibilities between Snow Leopard and Perian 1.1.4 (latest at time of this post). I understand, however, that Perian 1.2 has apparently addressed all those short comings which hopefully will mean that it'll perform alot better.

As for VLC, it is a great swiss army knife of media players, however, you'll find that there just isn't the focus by developers because from what I see in the Mac world people are more interested in extending functionality of existing applications - Perian plugins for Quicktime being the prime example of that.

What I'd love to see is a greater push by Apple to create a large developer ecosystem around their products; extend MacOSForge to more than just Apple stuff but to also get third party projects listed on there as well - offer access to hardware, software etc. to lower the cost of entry.

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RE: Why?
by iaefai on Thu 17th Dec 2009 04:44 in reply to "Why?"
iaefai Member since:
2009-12-14

I love perian, it works great for me.

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RE: Why?
by Shannara on Thu 17th Dec 2009 21:34 in reply to "Why?"
Shannara Member since:
2005-07-06

Oh! I get it, that was a joke.

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