[vlc-devel] [PATCH] contrib: Fix ARMv6 compilation

Rémi Denis-Courmont remi at remlab.net
Thu Jun 14 07:27:14 CEST 2012

On Thu, 14 Jun 2012 01:17:17 -0400, Edward Wang
<edward.c.wang at compdigitec.com> wrote:
> Not everyone has bank accounts as deep as yours.

It would not be the first time that VLC requires a system/hardware
upgrade. That happens regularly for MacOS, and every few years for Windows.

> Android was meant to be open, not restrictive like the iOS ecosystem.

VLC is not meant to suck and disappoint users. In my experience, decoding
audio with VFP can be quite slow even on Cortex-A processors, slow enough
to forbid concurrent video decoding. On an ARM11 and without VFP, it will
be even worse.

Until/Unless VLC and decoders are *truly* made to operate in fixed point,
hardware FPU is effectively a requirement. That is absolutely nothing new:
in particular, all VLC builds for x86 require support for 387 (or SSE).

Rémi Denis-Courmont
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