[tex-live] movie15 and media9

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sun Mar 18 14:44:19 CET 2012

On Mar 18, 2012, at 8:20 AM, Siep Kroonenberg wrote:

> On Sun, Mar 18, 2012 at 12:59:43PM +0000, Philip TAYLOR wrote:
>> Norbert Preining wrote:
>>> Hi Mojca,
>>>>   "rm movie15, requires acrobat"
>>> I don't know the details, but if pdfs generated with movie15 can only be properly viewed wirh acro*, then it is according to the policy to remove it.
>>> We have removed several times packages that need non-free stuff to be useful, and this policy will not change.
>> There are times when I truly despair : I thought that the
>> era of book-burning was long in the past.  Would you also have
>> providers and users of "non-free stuff" burned at the stake,
>> flayed alive, or scourged and crucified ?  As far as I can
>> see, everything under \bin\win32 requires "non-free stuff"
>> in order to be useful, yet as far as I am aware no-one has
>> yet recommended that it, too, be removed from TeX Live
>> ('though at the present rate of progress, that day may not
>> be far off).
>> Once upon a time, sensible people believed in "live and
>> let live"; what possible reason can sane followers of the
>> false god Libre and his prophet(s) have for this unending
>> attempt to proselytise by force ?
> People can still install via CTAN.
> Patent- and copyright madness forces open source projects to be
> increasingly cautious with what they include. This is not enough
> reason to exclude media9, but if it were included then people would
> naturally be disappointed if the created documents were useless on
> their system.
> -- 
> Siep Kroonenberg


Please, I'm not trying to stir up things.

I assume the ISO pdf1.5 specs (I'm NOT familiar with all of this) allows for the inclusion of movies, etc., in pdf documents. If someone created an open source pdf viewer that supported at least some of these features would that make it possible to include the media9 package in TeX Live. I would expect that anyone creating documents using these media would be conscious of the limitations they are placing on the viewer possibilities.

And, yes, I understand that you can install media9 (and even movie15 if you wish) from CTAN has so one can still use it.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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