Linked by Kroc Camen on Sat 3rd Apr 2010 20:18 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source It's a simple equation. Results = Developers x Time; and for Songbird, it's not working out. Yesterday, they announced they will drop Linux support in favour of Windows, Mac and to meet plans to include video features in the next release. The comments are intensely angry, as you can imagine. An untested Linux version will be kept around "for use by our Songbird engineers who develop on the Linux platform".
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RE: Video support?
by monodeldiablo on Sun 4th Apr 2010 00:22 UTC in reply to "Video support?"
monodeldiablo
Member since:
2005-07-06

I feel exactly the same, so I wrote a little music player called Hum to scratch my itch. It uses the same amount of memory, no matter how much music you have, because it piggybacks on top of Tracker for search.

It's young, it's simple, and it needs more love to clean up the UI and make all the menus and buttons work as they should, but it's already a mainstay on my wife's netbook...

http://monodeldiablo.github.com/hum/

As an aside, Tracker is possibly the coolest part of the Linux desktop that nobody talks about. As soon as it gets write-back support for file metadata, most programs become almost trivial to write.

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RE[2]: Video support?
by WereCatf on Sun 4th Apr 2010 00:33 in reply to "RE: Video support?"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I feel exactly the same, so I wrote a little music player called Hum to scratch my itch. It uses the same amount of memory, no matter how much music you have, because it piggybacks on top of Tracker for search.

Sounds like a pretty damn good idea. You get to just write the UI and leave for others to find the files. The UI is plain hideous, but that should be fairly easy to fix. Do keep working on it, I see some great potential there ;)

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RE[3]: Video support?
by monodeldiablo on Sun 4th Apr 2010 01:53 in reply to "RE[2]: Video support?"
monodeldiablo Member since:
2005-07-06

Have you tried it? The UI is actually a lot simpler (the search dialog is dynamic, so it slides down only if there are search results) than it appears.

If you have some constructive criticism, I'd love to hear it... "plain hideous", while cute, is hardly helpful. What, specifically, don't you like?

edit: I copied most of the UI from Rhythmbox, but stripped out the crap I didn't need. If the image is cluttered, blame big fonts (I have terrible eyesight) and poor screen resolution (netbook). An alternate image of the UI -- sans search results pane -- is here: http://img534.imageshack.us/img534/2883/huminaction.png

Also, I do accept bugs reports. ;)

Edited 2010-04-04 01:58 UTC

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