Mailing List Archived Message #56

From: "Lewis G Rosenthal" <> Full Headers
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Subject: Re: [cwmm-dev] CWMM testing so far with SMplayer and mplayer combined...
Date: Sat, 17 Feb 2024 20:44:13 -0500
To: CWMM Developers Mailing List <>

On 02/17/24 08:30 pm, Roderick Klein wrote:

Been testing for a few hours and so far this seems to work pretty well. It works as it says on tin. What is really great is that older video's not supported by mplayer are played by MMOS/2. In this case an MP4 file automatically gets an AVI icon and by putting MPLAYER and SMPLAYER in the path MP4 opens and plays in a UI.

Will do more testing with converting files (JPG to PCX etc).
And playing audio files.

The question is how can we distribute MPLAYER and SMPLAYER with ArcaOS. From my perspective this is not possible because off the landmine with software patents related to audio and video codecs.
SMPlayer works with QT 4.

OS/2 VOICE could include an RPM in for SMPLAYER and MPLAYER. But how can we make it EXTREMELY easy to install this in ArcaOS. A link in readme file would not be sufficient from my perspective. Any idea's.

AIUI, neither SMPlayer nor MPlayer is problematic to distribute, only some of the codecs. Why not:

1. Split the codecs out into their own package.
2. Create an object in the Multimedia folder for a script to:
    1. add and enable the OS2VOICE repository to ANPM (prompting for
       credentials to be added to the configuration); and upon successful
    2. launch ANPM to retrieve the codecs package and install it[1]

If we did not want to distribute SMPlayer and MPlayer packages with ArcaOS, we could simply add them to the list of packages to be retrieved.


1. I have advocated for some time adding command line options to ANPM to semi-automate various things (see AN ticket 2493 as an example). The ability to create a new repository definition - including credentials - would be another set of command line options.

Lewis G Rosenthal, CNA, CLP, CLE, CWTS, EA
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