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Subject: Re: GUI


From: Daniel Stenberg <>
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2006 13:19:43 +0100 (CET)

On Fri, 3 Mar 2006, Gabriel Meier wrote:

> does anybody know, if there are any plans for making a proper gui?

First, developers that might work on such a thing might be reading the dev
mailing list and not the users list...

I think "a proper gui" needs a whole lot of definition. I don't think "proper
GUI" is an objective way of describing a specific vision of a GUI. What you
may consider proper, someone else might consider crap.

> I think usability is something that would help roxbock to beat iriver in
> every respect.

An by "beat" you mean "look better" ?

I personally cannot and have never understood how any sane person can say that
iriver's firmware is better, easier or more user-friendly than Rockbox. I
couldn't understand it while I used it. Luckily those days are passed tense

(I mention this just to put some perspective on the subject, I realize we're
not all the same.)

> When I switch my iriver on, I don't want to see the file-structure of
> the disc, but want to have a choice on what to to

I don't.

> This could be made with a text-interface as well, but a gui would put
> the finishing touches.

When you go pondering further on this subject I only want you to remember a
few things:

  * custom language strings
  * custom font
  * speach (i.e "talking menus")
  * various LCD sizes
  * various LCD depths

When you cover them and bring a nice eye-candy GUI at the same time, I bet
many users will support it.

(I also better point out that these are *MY* opinions and I do not speak for
anyone else.)

  Daniel Stenberg -- --
Received on 2006-03-03

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