[vlc-devel] [PATCHES] Symbian support

Jean-Baptiste Kempf jb at videolan.org
Tue Jan 4 11:32:37 CET 2011


On Mon, Jan 03, 2011 at 04:21:37PM +0100, Rémi Denis-Courmont wrote :
> I wonder why bother with Symbian. I don't know any real-life Symbian device
> that would have enough CPU and RAM to decode video. To make matters worse,
> I understood that there is no YUV and scaling overlay in the Symbian public
> API. Same goes for the DSP. I could be wrong.

The N8 can and the n97mini can, for smaller videos.
Most of the other devices can play audio very well or mpeg2 ones...
Symbian^3 should support OpenGL ES 2.0, like iOS and Android, and those
ports seem to be quite working.
Not to mention that we don't know yet the Nokia strategy for future
devices... Well, maybe _you_ do.

> Otherwise porting to Symbian seems useless... if not counter-productive: I
> believe that a lack of VLC port fares better than a disappointing VLC port
> with regards to the project's notoriety. Furthermore, developer time could
> probably be better spent on the core or on desktop features, than on the
> various mobile ports.

We've had a port to WinCE for a long time, and WinCE was way slower...
Until we haven't finished the port, we can't say if it will be
disappointing or not.

As for developer time, I guess people work on what they want/can.

Best Regards,

Jean-Baptiste Kempf
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