As well as being a cool piece of software, GStreamer is a lively project, with developers from around the globe very actively contributing. We often hang out on the #gstreamer IRC channel on irc.freenode.net: the following are a selection of amusing quotes from our conversations.
When I opened my eyes I was in a court room. There were masters McIlroy and Thompson sitting in the jury and master Kernighan too. There were the GStreamer developers standing in the defendant's place, accused of violating several laws of Unix philosophy and customer lock-down via running on a proprietary pipeline, different from that of the Unix systems. I heard Eric Raymond whispering "got to add this case to my book.
<__tim> Uraeus: amusing, isn't it?
<Uraeus> __tim: I wrote that :)
<__tim> Uraeus: of course you did; your refusal to surrender to the oppressive regime of the third-person-singular-rule is so unique in its persistence that it's hard to miss :)
<wingo> we just need to get rid of that mmap stuff
<wingo> i think gnomevfssrc is faster for files even
<BBB> wingo, no
<BBB> and no
<wingo> good points ronald
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<everybody> now break it down
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thomas: jrb, somehow his screenshotsrc grabs whatever X is showing and makes it available as a stream of frames
jrb: thomas: so, is the point that the screenshooter takes a video? but won't the dialog be in the video? oh, nevermind. I'll just send mail...
thomas: jrb, well, it would shoot first and ask questions later
zaheerm: wtay: unfair u fixed the bug i was using as a feature!
* zaheerm wonders how he can break gstreamer today :)
ensonic: zaheerm, spider is always a good starting point
teuf: ok, things work much better when I don't write incredibly stupid and buggy code
thaytan: I find that too
Uraeus: ah yes, the sleeping part, my mind is not multitasking so I was still thinking about exercise
dolphy: Uraeus: your mind is multitasking
dolphy: Uraeus: you just miss low latency patches
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taaz: you witchdoctors and your voodoo mpeg2 black magic...
omega_: um. I count three, no four different cults there <g>
omega_: witchdoctors, voodoo, black magic,
omega_: and mpeg
wtay: I shipped a few commerical products to >40000 people now but GStreamer is way more exciting...
* tool-man is a gstreamer groupie
Omega: did you run ldconfig? maybe it talks to init?
wtay: not sure, don't think so... I did run gstreamer-register though :-)
Omega: ah, that did it then ;-)
Omega: probably not, but in case GStreamer starts turning into an OS, someone please let me know?
wtay: me tar, you rpm?
wtay: hehe, forgot "zan"
wtay: me tar"zan", you ...
Omega: that means probably building an agreggating, cache-massaging queue to shove N buffers across all at once, forcing cache transfer.
wtay: never done that before...
Omega: nope, but it's easy to do in gstreamer <g>
wtay: sure, I need to rewrite cp with gstreamer too, someday :-)
wtay: GStreamer; always at least one developer is awake...
wtay: we need to cut down the time to create an mp3 player down to seconds...
Omega: I'm wanting to something more interesting soon, I did the "draw an mp3 player in 15sec" back in October '99.
wtay: by the time Omega gets his hands on the editor, you'll see a complete audio mixer in the editor :-)
richardb: Well, it clearly has the potential...
Omega: Working on it... ;-)
MPAA: We will sue you now, you have violated our IP rights!
MPAA: How dare you laugh at us? We have lawyers! We have Congressmen! We have LARS!
wtay: I'm so sorry your honor
* wtay bows before thy
 No guarantee of sense of humour compatibility is given.