View Full Version : ffmpeg, gstreamer, xine, ... what are they? why so many?

July 24th, 2006, 12:53 AM
I have been around linux for almost a year but I still do not get what exactly are the differences betwen these "multimedia systems." What distinguish one from the other that there are so many of them and not just one?

July 24th, 2006, 01:02 AM
This is all about choice. A developer has an idea and develops it. Users then choose a program they prefer based on his/her preferences.

"This program sucks!" - ok, use another. And this is great.

July 24th, 2006, 01:26 AM
Well, but then there is this Unix philosophy "have one but good tool that does the job." I just wonder if there is any difference between those for end user.

July 24th, 2006, 01:44 AM
Actually it goes: "Write programs that do one thing and do it well." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix_philosophy)

There could be any number of programs that do the same thing.