[scl.org] New Collection for CentOS 7 - pidgin with Voice and Video / Skype for Business integration ?

Brian Stinson brian at bstinson.com
Wed Jan 25 21:10:09 UTC 2017

On Dec 02 23:33, Jarek Polok wrote:
> Hello all
> We are working on a software collection for our organization: pidgin
> messenger with voice/video enabled allowing for integration with
> Lync / Skype for Business IM/Voice/Video/File Transfer/Desktop
> Sharing/Conference:
> http://cern.ch/linux/docs/lyncav.shtml
> (a rather preliminary build, kind of proof of concept, packages quality to
> be improved, but rather functional ..)
> It uses the code from: https://github.com/tieto/ (patched farstream2/
> remmina/freerdp/libnice/pidgin/sipe) plus few packages from Fedora 25
> (gstreamer1/gupnp/AV codecs etc).
> We could contribute this and include in CentOS SCls (if there is some
> interest of course), however there might be a small problem here: among all
> the packages needed there is a h264 video decoder based on ffmpeg
> required for Skype for Business video stream decoding (packages: ffmpeg/
> gstreamer1-libav/gstreamer1-plugins-ugly): my understanding is that
> ffmpeg based packages were not included in Fedora/Red Hat due to
> legal/licensing reasons - and therefore I assume these would not be included
> in CentOS either, is that correct ?
> The option could be to provide all other packages and point users to
> a 3rd party repository (alike rpmfusion or nux-dextop.. etc) for h264
> decoding functionality (but still we would need to provide
> gstreamer1-plugins-ugly package which needs to be built against
> ffmpeg/gstreamer1-libav .. which could be problematic to build in
> cbs.centos.org as would require access to 3rd party repos in build
> system...)

I think we'll need someone from the board to speak to building/including
those as dependencies, but I'm fairly sure that 3rd party repos are a

> Is this something we could contribute ?
> I would be glad to hear your opinion.
> Best Regards
> Jarek


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