Debian back to FFmpeg
Posted by nero on July 12 2015 15:15:41

In Debian many things are moving in the last couple of years. After the Big Debate on systemd yes/systemd no, it is time for the battle about libav/FFmpeg.

Not so much of debate in this case anyway. It seems that consensus over the transition back to FFmpeg was easy to achieve. Many arguments in favour of FFmpeg have been pointed out [1] but the biggest concern is about security. The bug handling and fixing in FFmpeg is just much better than in libav [2] and this is of course very important for a distribution very stability-oriented like Debian.

The new library will be available in the stable branch starting with the next release, Debian 9 "Stretch", that is now under development.The decision has already been officialized [3] after a rather smooth discussion that can be found on the Debian mailing list [4].