I deeply supported the fork from Emby as I’m not a big supporter of these attempts from Emby and Plex to ring fence people’s liberties. Unfortunately, in the media world, DRM, etc. this is all a big challenge but as long as you’re not doing anything illegal, your liberties should not be restricted.
Given the reasons that led the Jellyfin community to move away from Emby, I would like to ask the Jellyfin community the following:
a) I’m oblivious to the reasons for using the .Net framework (not a programmers), but is the .Net framework fully open source and free? If that is the case, why are the OpenBSD people not porting it to their system?
b) I note that Jellyfin is on GitHub. Knowing that GitHub is now property of Microsoft, are the Jellyfin community not concerned that Microsoft will eventually add restriction on the Jellyfin codebase which then restricts users? Let’s face it. Microsoft has to produce dividends for its shareholder and I don’t believe they are in the “let’s do good for the community” unless there is a benefit for them somewhere which eventually translates into money? Would it not be more sensible to move the development to GitLab or similar truly open/free solutions?
c) Finally, any plans to make binaries of Jellyfin available for OpenBSD? GIven the mission statement of OpenBSD, I can see this being a bit complicated but ultimately, Linux is doomed on the long run. Its become such a bloated system over the last 20 years that I don’ t see an open/free future for Linux anymore. Its attracted too much interest from corporations.
Apologies if this may seem beyond the scope of Jellyfin but after migrating from Plex to Emby to Jellyfin over the years, i think that the Jellyfin community has an opportunity to think about its long term vision and strategy around freedom and openness.
I look forward to an interesting debate on this.