A group of FFmpeg developers has announced that the project has a new set of maintainers - news which came as a surprise to existing maintainer Michael Niedermayer. Developer Diego Biurrun has posted an explanation of how the coup came to be, but it's clear that not everybody is satisfied. "The discontent reached the point where a fork was being contemplated and then planned, but it turned out that the momentum had soared way past critical mass and turned into a tidal wave of revolution. The focus moved from forking to avoiding a fork if possible. Since git was being set up on videolan.org, setting up an alternative git tree on mphq was the natural choice. With development moving to videolan.org and such a large group of developers already part of the revolution keeping the infrastructure was the logical consequence." (Thanks to Mattias Mattsson).
January 19, 2011
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