[mythtv-users] Gloss Mythtv frontend replacement
jason at keirstead.org
Thu May 22 12:21:31 UTC 2008
> I read it and like I said, he's doing great things, but as you say,
> hardly finished, etc. But if you consider just putting his UI work on
> the already finished framework on the frontend, you do have a finished
> product that benefits from all his UI coding rather than a partially
> functional program. Just saying, it's too bad he didn't take that
> route as it may have already resulted in something fruitful instead of
> just potential.
I disagree and agree with the GP poster. People who keep saying "on he
should have done this to improve the current mythfrontend" are
overlooking MANY things - for starters, his whole front end is written
in python using an OpenGL library. He has (or has in progress)
replacements for all the core mythfrontend modules already.
"'Integrating" this into mythfrontend C++ code is simply impractical //
impossible - he has already gone way beyond what the current frontend
plugin API allows. Also, because it is pure OpenGL and does not depend
on Qt, Gloss is free to do many things the normal mythfrontend does not
have the luxury of. The downside of course is Gloss requires a good
OPenGL GPU, whereas the current mythfrontend does not, and can even run
Frankly, I think he has made more progress in many areas by himself in
the past few months than mythfrontend has in the past 2 years. Most of
the core myth developers are not concerned with the areas this guy is
working on (eye candy) and so they have stagnated to the point where it
is probably better to just start from scratch.
This isn't to knock the myth developers in any way. Like all open source
people do what they enjoy. I am sure back 5 years ago lots of people
said "oh why are you re-inventing the wheel, your time woould be better
spent improving the Freevo project!"
I have worked on open source projects in the past as well and have seen
this argument before (oh why are you doing X when you could just be
improving Y), and really, it holds little water. New ideas are always
good. I just say leave this guy alone - personally I hope soon to be
able to just replace mythfrontend with gloss altogether, since it will
meet my needs just fine when it is finished.
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