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LinuxPower: GStreamer: The future of Linux Multimedia

Feb 26, 2001, 04:18 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christian Schaller)

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"In the Linux community there are a lot of projects getting started everyday. Some die quickly, others hang on for a little while before dwindling away. Then there are a few which seem to explode onto the scene overnight and quickly gain lots of user and developer support. The truth of projects like these are usually that they have been the target of some hard and talented work for a long time by a single hacker or just a small group of hackers, before being discovered by the rest of the world and catching on. One of the projects which recently seemed to burst onto the Linux scene out of nowhere with explosive power is GStreamer. In this interview with project founder Erik Walthinsen we will discover that there was nothing overnight about GStreamer's recent rise to fame at all, rather the hard work off a dedicated team. This hard work has really paid of with Erik getting hired by embedded Linux distribution company RidgeRun, Inc. to work fulltime on GStreamer...."

"How did the GStreamer project get started?"

"Erik: It started out back at OGI when we were having almost daily discussions about what was wrong with the pipeline, I started to formulate some ideas as to how to make it better. One of the most fundamental was the fact that every single operation in the dozen-stage pipeline was a separate pthread. Because part of our research was into a kernel scheduler that would allocate some percentage of the CPU to each thread, having threads that took 1/10,000th of the CPU was kinda hard. So I made a conscious decision to work around that problem by making threads explicit instead of implicit...."

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