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Subject: Re: Status report

Re: Status report

From: George Styles <>
Date: Wed, 8 May 2002 14:20:24 +0100


Sorry if im out of place speaking, as I am not contributing to the coding at
all (time restrictions).

I agree with you, I would love to see a basic release, with playing MP3s &
volume, and not much else. That would prob'ly provide me with the
inspiration to get involved on a practical level. I simply dont have time to
do the required experiments with driving the HW directly from scratch, but
examples ALWAYS improve the situation.

Once that happens, I will grab the compiler, and start playing around with

ps Am I right in saying that as the ATAPI->USB is handled by a hardware
chip, I can still access the HDD via USB and remove any failing firmware?
also, I heard somewhere that its possible to set registers so two outputs
are connected together, thus blowing the ATAPI interface. Does anyone know
if this is urban myth?


Good work



----- Original Message -----
From: "Björn Stenberg" <>
To: "Rockbox" <>
Sent: Wednesday, May 08, 2002 2:06 PM
Subject: Status report

> Hi all.
> Although the list is rather quiet, we are making good progress in the code
> (as everyone on the rockbox-cvs list can see). Those of you loading the
> web page every now and then have seen that items on the activity chart are
> turning green at a steady rate. Excluding test code and the simulators,
> the firmware now comprises over 8000 lines of code.
> As you know, last week we had the major breakthrough of actual MP3
> playback with the MAS. That first test code was very crude, and Linus has
> been struggling since then to produce something more useful. Although the
> hardware design isn't exactly helping, we're pretty close to a good
> solution now.
> The directory browser user interface now features scrolling, so a larger
> number of files can now be browsed and "selected". Dave Chapman and Stefan
> Meyer wrote much of that.
> And finally, the disk i/o code is now ready. The ATA driver, FAT32 driver,
> directory handling layer and file layer are tested and green-flagged for
> use. This, combined with the MAS code and the directory browser user
> interface, means that we are seriously approaching our first release.
> Speaking of releases inevitably brings us to version numbering. My
> thinking is that we should define a "target feature list" for version 1.0.
> I see 1.0 as a very basic and bare-bones application that just allows you
> to select and play mp3 files and control the volume. "Release early,
> release often" is a key motto in open source and I too think it's
> important to get a "rough" version out early.
> Opinions?
> --
> Björn
Received on 2002-05-08

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