FFmpeg's Leader Resigns, Hopes To Make Libav Developers Come Back
Written by Michael Larabel in Multimedia on 31 July 2015 at 11:04 AM EDT. 31 Comments
MULTIMEDIA --
Michael Niedermayer, the leader of the FFmpeg project for the past eleven years, has made a surprise announcement today: he's resigning as its leader.

Niedermayer is resigning as he no longer feels he's the best leader for FFmpeg, given the current Libav fork still persisting even after Debian dropped Libav and is returning to FFmpeg.

Michael is effectively resigning for the greater good of FFmpeg in hopes the Libav developers reunite, "The community is split and its very difficult to be the leader when one is on one side of this split and the other tries everything to push me out I hope my resignation will make it easier for the teams to find back together and avoid a more complete split which would otherwise be the result sooner or later as the trees diverge and merging all improvments becomes too difficult for me to do."

He's hoping the FFmpeg community will live on just fine and end up finding an appropriate leader to lead this open-source multimedia project for the years to come. His resignation letter in full can be read on the FFmpeg mailing list.
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