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Subject: Re: Archos is dead; Long live Archos

Re: Archos is dead; Long live Archos

From: David Hooper via rockbox-dev <rockbox-dev_at_cool.haxx.se>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2020 13:47:47 +0100

Long Live RockBox.
I joined the project around 2004 I think, I never owned an Archos (in fact
I helped bring RockBox to the iRiver H120, the first non-Archos device that
RockBox could run on).
I support the idea of a "forward looking" celebration of the past; a
version bump and the idea of a legacy branch (for folks to
contribute/backport to if they so wish) both make sense to me.
And a virtual something might be a nice touch - feels like an age since we
last had a DevConPub.


On Fri, 24 Jul 2020 at 12:53, Sebastian Leonhardt via rockbox-dev <
rockbox-dev_at_cool.haxx.se> wrote:

> Am 24.07.2020 um 01:04 schrieb Solomon Peachy via rockbox-dev:
> > I'm about to pull the trigger on a large patch series that (finally)
> > removes all support for the original devices Rockbox was created to
> > support;
>
> This is truely the end of an era; IMO we should acknowledge this by a
> new (major) version number (so, 4.0).
>
> Also the whole codebase will change a lot by the patches, even without
> functional changes, so I think it's useful to have a clear crop mark
> like "3.x code vs. >=4.0 code".
>
> I wonder if we should take the opportunity and do additional code
> organising changes, like relocating files, reordering functions, etc.
>
> > Going forward, there will be no more daily builds or any further
> > consideration given to continuing to maintain the Archos platform and
> > the infrastructure that exists solely to support it. This includes the
> > entire sh architecture, non-bitmap LCDs, buttonbars, HWCODEC support,
> > and the many, many special cases littered all over the codebase and
> > hosting infrastructure.
>
> Is it possible to fork off something like a "legacy branch"? So if
> suddenly someone shows up who is interrested in the old archos he can
> easily commit new patches or backport stuff from the master brach.
> No need to keep the infrastructure though IMO.
>
> > However, past releases continue to work as well as they ever have, and
> > will remain available for download indefinitely, both via the web site
> > and the rockbox utility.
>
> Nice.
>
> > It's the end of an era. I feel we should have some sort of ceremony or
> > something...
>
> Although I never had an archos device I feel the same. The very least we
> can do is a memorial page with same pictures and stuff on the web.
> The whole rockbox project would probably not exist without them, so I
> will definitely drink a beer or two on them :)
>
>
> Sebastian
>
>
>
>
Received on 2020-07-24

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