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.”
MacNN reports that development of the 64bit version of VLC for Mac OS X has already been halted. VLC being a volunteer project, you can already guess the problem: a lack of developers. If new developers do not come to the rescue, VLC 1.1.0 will be the last Mac OS X version of VLC. Apparently, the project no longer has any Mac developers at all.
VLC is an important application on the Mac, as I don’t know any Mac user who does not have it installed. QuickTime Player is relatively limited in its coded support, and despite the fact that ‘codec packs’ exist for QT, VLC is a very popular alternative.
The project is asking for more developers, and as a Mac and VLC user myself, I felt it was important to use OSNews to possibly get people interested in helping out the VLC project. I’d hate to see VLC for the Mac disappear due to a lack of developers. And yes, I just used the word developers
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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).