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Subject: Re: Supported vs. unsupported builds

Re: Supported vs. unsupported builds

From: Rafaël Carré <>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2009 00:45:04 +0200

On Wed, 2 Sep 2009 14:28:06 -0700
Mike Giacomelli <> wrote:

> 2) "Unstable" - all targets with working playback that developers
> feel are usable but unstable. This classification would be informal,
> having been agreed on by the individual ports developers that a
> target is ready for people other then themselves to try without
> serious risk of damage. These may or may not have official released
> bootloaders or easy to used install tools, and generally require a
> more informed user. This might include the AMS Sansas, Gigabeat S,
> and the various other targets we provide compiled builds and
> bootloaders for, but currently do not support in the forums. These
> are less prominently displayed on the front page with a clear note
> indicating they are incomplete. Furthermore, installation
> instructions should clearly mention what does not work in the
> preface.

Some modification of RButil might help to differentiate Stable from
Unstable (firefox unstable builds use a bomb icon for example)

> 3) "Unusable" - these are targets with code in SVN that cannot be
> used for playback because they are missing substantial features
> (playback, LCD, etc).

Not sure if those targets need to be advertized more than they are
currently (in the TargetStatus wiki page)

> Further, I think the front page should be changed to say something
> like: Rockbox is an open source firmware for mp3 players, written
> from scratch. It runs on a wide range of players:
> [bullet] STABLE - These targets are well tested, stable and have
> detailed manuals... list ...[bullet] UNSTABLE - These targets are
> currently incomplete and considered unstable but may be suitable for
> advanced users (see whatever ) ... list ...[bullet] UNUSABLE -
> Additional targets are under development but do not yet run rockbox -
> see CurrentStatus wiki page.
> Or at least something to this effect. Thoughts?

I agree, I suppose one needs to come with a list of targets entering
the Unstable category. (*looks at kugel for the Sansa AMS targets)

Rafaël Carré

Received on 2009-09-03

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