Hi all,

I met with a developer of the Real Player at Linux World. She says they would *love* to port a native version of the Real player to FreeBSD. Yay! She even showed me that they have an older FreeBSD dev environment set up and are ready to start to try compiling it for release after we get it up to date.

We need a couple of FreeBSD experts to assist with questions/expertise/feedback to make sure this gets finished ;-) Please send me your name/email off list and I'll reply to her with a shortlist of who can help them.


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Hey Matt -

It was great to meet you at Linux World. FreeBSD is near to my heart, although I'm not totally knowledgeable on it, sadly. I'm a FreeBSD fan to the point of wanting to do the RealPlayer port to FreeBSD myself when I first started this job.. but.. they piled me down with meetings and spec-writing before I even got a chance to see it compile once.

Which is why I'm so excited that you were so receptive to getting the RealPlayer on FreeBSD. I've been talking to the guy who runs our build environments and he's checking to see if anyone else is using the FreeBSD 5.0 box. If not, we'll upgrade it asap. Do you have any recommendations on hardware for a FreeBSD 6.1 build machine?

Also, we're currently only running nightly builds for the stable branch on FreeBSD. Do you think we should be running the current branch as well? That's where all the new functionality is going - like playlists and Windows Media (ahem.. if you have a license for it). Depending on how long porting work takes, FreeBSD may want to just skip the currently released player and go for all the new technology.

Thanks so much for your offer of help and any thoughts you have would be greatly appreciated.

Matt Olander
CTO, iXsystems - "Servers for Open Source"  http://www.iXsystems.com
Public Relations, The FreeBSD Project         http://www.FreeBSD.org
Phone: (408)943-4100 ext. 113                     Fax: (408)943-4101

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