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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: Mark Allums <>
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 08:50:58 -0500

Bryan Childs wrote:
> Ladies,
> 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 ?
> Bryan

I would like to suggest that a common framework across environments
would be wise, e.g., something that is available for Windows, Linux,
BSD, OS X, etc. Qt? With a layer in there to fit in Paul Louden's
idea, so that there is minimal wear and tear on the RockBox code.

Mark Allums
Received on 2009-03-30

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