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Debian to switch from Libav to FFmpeg

The Debian developers have announced that they will be switching from Libav to FFmpeg for Debian's multimedia libraries.

Alessio Treglia made the announcement on the Debian developers mailing list:


After a careful review of all the pros and cons we, the Debian Multimedia Maintainers team, have finally decided to switch from Libav to FFmpeg as provider for the libav* multimedia libraries. We'll try our best to make this happen in time for stretch.

The main arguments for using FFmpeg are summarized on the wiki [1], while the full discussion can be found on the pkg-multimedia-maintainers mailing list, starting at [2].

Finally we want to thank very much Reinhard Tartler for the tremendous efforts he put in place while serving as both upstream developer and Debian's primary maintainer for Libav in the past 4 years. We all owe him a great debt of gratitude for that.

More at Debian Developer Mailing List

Samsung launches Android clamshell phone in China

Clamshell phones hearken back to days past in most people's minds. But Samsung has decided to offer the SM-G9198 clamshell phone in China.

R Padla reports for Android Community:

Others think that flip phones or clamshell phones are a thing of the past but I know a lot of women who like them. There's something nice and classy about bringing out your phone from your bag or pocket and then flipping it open to use and make a call. Okay, so you may not agree about that kind of vain reasoning but this new Samsung SM-G9198 clamshell smartphone might change your mind.

The Samsung SM-G9198 is a follow up to Samsung SM-G9098 dual screen flip phone released in China in 2014. Actually, the two look similar in design but definitely, this 2015 model is more powerful what with its 1.8Ghz six-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor. It's interesting to note that it still uses Snapdragon and not Exynos.

Phone also comes equipped with a pair of 3.91-inch AMOLED displays with 768 x 1280 pixel resolution, 16MP camera with LED flash, 5MP front-facing camera, 16GB built-in storage, microSD card slot, 2GB RAM, and LTE connectivity. We don't know the battery size yet but the flip smartphone already runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

More at Android Community

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