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Subject: Re: discussion regarding adding settings (PLEASE add your 2 cents)

Re: discussion regarding adding settings (PLEASE add your 2 cents)

From: alex wallis <>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2008 17:50:15 -0000

>I suggested moving the settings to a plugin a while ago on IRC, the major
>objections were:
> a) Voice isn't (yet) supported
> b) Requires a disk spinup (to load the plugin) each time you want to
> change a setting.
> Tom's work should resolve (a).
> For (b), I proposed that we allow the last-loaded plugin to remain
> resident (i.e. cached) so that unless you used another plugin, the
> settings menu would remain in the plugin buffer. We could even load it as
> the default plugin while the disk is still spinning at startup maybe -
> thus you'd never see an extra spinup until you ran another plugin.
> To do this would need a change to all existing plugins which have
> statically initialised variables; they would need to explicitly reset
> values on entry (or in some cases maybe choose to make better use of the
> cached model).
> Any takers?

I like this idea. I suspect I wouldn't use many plugins, even when they are
supported with speech. As from what I can tell, a lot of them are graphical
in nature, either games or weird demo things.
The only ones I can see myself using off the top of my head are a few games,
and maybe the properties one once in a while.
However I do like the idea of settings being loaded by default even if it
meant a bit of work to implement.
I can see one problem with that though, and that is what happens for example
if you want to have something like battery bench running? I no people won't
use that plugin very offten, but if i remember right, that doesn't allow you
to have any other plugins running while your using it, so unless there is a
work around for it, it seems to me that you wouldn't be able to change
settings while battery bench was being run, which i think would be a bit of
a drawback unless there is a solution.
Received on 2008-10-27

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