[Rhythmbox-devel] Re: Monkey-media and library backend


Browsing some of the gnomesuport RB forums it's very cool to see so many
people interested. However, 'just' taking over the project without any
gtk/glib experience is not going to work. The rhythmbox code in itself
is not the easiest thing in the world, and then gobject also requires
getting used to - if you just dive in fat chance you would a) not get
the big picture b) not understand much at all c) mess everything up.
I am willing to function as project 'leader' for the coming couple of
months, as in reviewing patches, helping out setting up a new
architecture, giving advice, etc. I don't think I would code myself
though, or organise things - just canal stuff. And then once I see some
of the new developers found their way I will just pass on the job.

I read sisob's UI page, I quite like what's up there, apart from:
1 - these checkboxes just need to go
2 - not being able to queue (related to 1 ofc ourse), but this is
something very major for me. While the RB head UI is a mess, I kinda
liked it because I could play directly from the lib and queue easily,
both at the same time. A 'current playlist' view might work, however we
should also have a 'queue' (context)menu item then.
3 - we need an easy search ui (first search result should be selected
also, and pressing return should start playing it - a la xmms)
4 - the source selector needs some way to indicate which source is

I'm not going to go back into that myself though, I just wanted to touch
the subject. The UI here would probably be very cool already.


sön 2003-04-06 klockan 20.02 skrev Dave Rigby:
> Hi rhythmbox developers,
> In case you didn't know, a numbr of people have become interested in 
> getting involved in rhythmbox, and trying to get development going again 
> - see the forum threads below:
> http://gnomesupport.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=2599
> http://gnomesupport.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=2611
> http://gnomesupport.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=2610
> While historically there has been a lot of disagreemenet in UI, etc I'm 
> more interested in the core features, such as net radio, system 
> notification stuff, tag editing, etc. Discussion has been made about how 
> to approach 'unfiying' the split, and in particular the relative states 
> of the net-rb, rb and monkey-media HEAD branches. We were wondering if 
> anyone could give some idea of the relative states of these three 
> branches, in terms of:-
> 1. Library backend - People have said that rb CVS has quite a mature 
> backend, how true is this? what features does rb have over net-rb?
> 2. Monkey-media - The HEAD cvs has support for a xine backend, what 
> other changes does it have compared to the snapsot in net-rb? What 
> changes has the snapshot in net-rb had done to it?
> I want to steer clear of the UI issue for now, but as a general point if 
> people wanted to change the rb HEAD to an interface similar to net-rb 
> (discounting the additional features that net-rb currently has), how 
> difficult to you think that would be?
> While I can see from the Changelogs what files and routhly what has 
> changed, In these points I'm interested in the general changes made, as 
> well as changes from a technical point of view (class restructuring, etc)
> Many Thanks
> Dave Rigby

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