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Subject: Re: Rockbox as an Application and Google summer of code.

Re: Rockbox as an Application and Google summer of code.

From: alex wallis <>
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 10:51:08 +0100


  For those of you not currently paying attention a brief summary :

  At time of writing we have three current applications for Google Summer of Code projects, one of which is a very nicely written one for further developing Rockbox as an Application. During review of this, it's been pointed out (by the ever insightful linuxstb aka Dave Chapman) that whilst we've had this on our list of "Stuff we'd like to see happen" for a longish time now, there's no real clear idea of what it is we want exactly. The current feeling amongst those that have discussed this thorny issue is that we should perhaps try and have some discussion around that before GSoC really gets going, so that we don't end up pulling the carpet out from under our student (should he be accepted).

  My personal take on this is perhaps not hugely detailed, and I've been willing to let whoever took the first crack it really have free reign - working on the assumption that "some code is better than no code". However others feel differently it seems, so now is your chance to speak up.

  The choices at a broad level appear to be :

  1) Make RaaA use all of the existing Rockbox UI code, and just talk to that code with whatever interface is availble on the device running the application.

  2) Make RaaA not use any existing Rockbox UI code, and implement some sort of framework for controlling rockbox via any available native UI. This would probably need to take into account threading, button handling, sound and UI widgets.

  Anyone got any comments ?

  I can't really comment on the technical stuff.
  However I agree that some kind of plan for this needs to be made. As I seem to remember last year that a task was opened for this, but it never really seemed to get off the ground from what I read of the comments for it. Maybe a plan of some definite objectives would stop the same thing happening again.
Received on 2009-03-30

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