Posted by: Anonymous
on April 11, 2008 02:11 PM
Mozilla was rewritten more or less from scratch a while after Netscape free its source code. So I think you are wrong. Reusing Free Software and reusing large, proprietary software is not the same thing. You usually have to pay quite a few developers to put up with the quirks of such a code base. Efforts with the size of the Gimp and Cinelerra (or Main Actor) are in the "sour spot": They are too big for a band of enthusiasts, yet not quite as essential as a Web browser (Mozilla) or an office suite (OpenOffice.org).
Video editing and authoring has the added annoyance of patent encumbered codecs, which are a real turn-off. Users want and need them, developers would rather not think about the legal and practical hassles, and distros won't touch them. Whining ensues.