Why are gstreamer plugins labeled as "bad" and "ugly"?

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From http://gstreamer.freedesktop.org/documentation/splitup.html

gst-plugins-base
a small and fixed set of plug-ins, covering a wide range of possible types of elements; these are continuously kept up-to-date with any core changes during the development series.

  • We believe distributors can safely ship these plug-ins
  • People writing elements should base their code on these elements
  • These elements come with examples, documentation, and regression tests

gst-plugins-good
a set of plug-ins that we consider to have good quality code, correct functionality, our preferred license (LGPL for the plug-in code, LGPL or LGPL-compatible for the supporting library).

  • We believe distributors can safely ship these plug-ins
  • People writing elements should base their code on these elements

gst-plugins-ugly
a set of plug-ins that have good quality and correct functionality, but distributing them might pose problems. The license on either the plug-ins or the supporting libraries might not be how we'd like. The code might be widely known to present patent problems.

  • Distributors should check if they want/can ship these plug-ins
  • People writing elements should base their code on these elements

gst-plugins-bad
a set of plug-ins that aren't up to par compared to the rest. They might be close to being good quality, but they're missing something - be it a good code review, some documentation, a set of tests, a real live maintainer, or some actual wide use. If the blanks are filled in they might be upgraded to become part of either gst-plugins-good or gst-plugins-ugly, depending on the other factors.

  • If the plug-ins break, you can't complain - instead, you can fix the problem and send us a patch, or bribe someone into fixing them for you
  • New contributors can start here for things to work on
  • Awesome, thank you for the info. Very helpful. Reminds me, also, to add freedesktop.org to my reading list. – trv100 May 19 '14 at 17:32

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