[gst-devel] Linux distro preferred for gstreamer?
bilboed at gmail.com
Fri Jan 16 23:14:33 CET 2009
Just thought I'd make the following information available. In order
for people to test new (pre-)releases of pitivi on ubuntu, we've set up
a PPA for all GStreamer packages from debian/experimental here:
We try to update it as soon as debian/experimental packages are
It's as 'bleeding-edge' as you can get on ubuntu without having to do
any compiling :)
On Thu, 2009-01-15 at 21:17 -0800, Ron McOuat wrote:
> I would like to ask a question about which Linux distro would be best
> for hosting a gstreamer application bundle I am working on. I hope I am
> not starting a distro war by asking this question, :-) just looking for
> some practical advice. I searched for this in the archives and didn't
> find much. The system I am building is a server in a corporate
> environment, not exposed to the public internet which is an improved
> version of systems that already exist but don't use gstreamer.
> Facts as applicable to me:
> 1) I am using very recent gstreamer code (stable + patches), some I did
> a small amount of work on which is in CVS head but not released yet so I
> build from source.
> 2) I am using Fedora 10 on my dev machine and no issues there.
> 3) I deploy to Centos 5.2 which is where I start to have problems.
> Gstreamer won't even configure because flex is too old. I pulled a
> Fedora 10 build tree over and I could see from trying to run that, even
> if I solved the flex problem I would have glib version problems which is
> a major base dependency of the system. This indicates it will require
> major work to get the latest gstreamer to run. I hear rumors of a 5.3
> release which will bring in a newer set of versions for dependent
> libraries which may work but that is future stuff.
> 4) Since a lot of the field machines are running even older (2005)
> software than Centos 5.2 I am ready to do a mass cold metal install
> across them in the next few months.
> 5) I have dabbled with Ubuntu 8.04 and 8.10 and the latest Ubuntu is
> pretty much on par with Fedora wrt revision levels. If I get everything
> to run on 8.04 then I have an LTS release for the field which should be
> good for patches for quite a while. Switching to Ubuntu isn't a big
> problem for me other than finger memory on how to do admin things. I
> have used UNIX of one form or another since 1982 but the Redhat
> derivatives certainly feel more comfortable for me with 10 years of use.
> In conclusion, I find the version gap between bleeding edge and stable
> is wider for Redhat derived systems vs Ubuntu. This also sometimes leads
> to driver support issues when new hardware is purchased. I am reluctant
> to put Fedora into production because of the high level of update load
> and short patch support lifetime, so at this point I am leaning towards
> using Ubuntu.
> Any comments or sage advice from gstreamer developers? Just looking for
> confirmation of my conclusion or did I miss something in my evaluation?
> Thanks for your time, this may seem off topic but my main application
> dependency is gstreamer.
> This SF.net email is sponsored by:
> SourcForge Community
> SourceForge wants to tell your story.
> gstreamer-devel mailing list
> gstreamer-devel at lists.sourceforge.net
More information about the gstreamer-devel