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LinuxPower.com: Putting together a complete multimedia architecture for Unix

Feb 28, 2002, 19:48 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christian F.K. Schaller)
"During November of last year, I visited the Annual Linux Conference in Oakland, California. I spent a lot of time there talking with Erik Walthinsen, one of the lead developers of the GStreamer multimedia architecture, about what is needed to get really good multimedia support under both GNOME and Unix in general. At this conference, Erik and I also talked about these issues with a lot of other people in the Linux and Unix Multimedia field and have continued that debate later by mail.

This article spotlights the technical issues involved and presents the different efforts underway trying to solve these issues. It is also my hope that this article will help to bring more focus on these issues and get more developers interested in helping to solve them. While the article title talks about Unix, the article has a clear focus on Linux but every attempt will be made to make sure that any solutions that are discussed for Linux can be applied to other Unices.

If we are to become a competitive platform for both developers and users of multimedia applications, we need to make sure our infrastructure can provide even the most demanding user what they need. In areas where this is simply not possible, we need to at least plan making our libraries and driver interfaces flexible enough to be able to take advantage of new hardware as it becomes available. This is true both for something as a simple media player to a more advanced application; for example an integrated suite for creating machinima. So, when examining this, let us start at the top and work our way down into the system. In this way, we can ask questions from the perspective of the developers, who are wondering if Linux and Unix can give them what they need of tools to develop their application. "

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