On Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 06:17:18PM -0400, Felipe Sateler wrote:
On 17/08/10 17:54, Jonas Smedegaard wrote:
 * multimedia (depends on multimedia-gtk | multimedia-playback)
 * multimedia-gnome (provides multimedia-playback; depends on
   Qt/Phonon-based and KDE apps)
 * multimedia-gtk (provides multimedia-playback; depends on
   GTK/GStreamer and GNOME apps)
 * multimedia-light (provides multimedia-playback; depends on
   apps _not_ linked against desktop-homogenizing libraries)
 * multimedia-tiny (provides multimedia-playback; depends on
   apps targeted embedded devices)

I believe that each DE will have installed it's own media player. Is there really a need for multimedia-{gnome,kde,gtk} tasks?


I was imagining that there was more to it than a "media player", but thinking more about it I cannot come up with a sensible split: Those (like me) favoring MPD will cherry-pick based on that. No point in trying to group media players - they are either catch-all integrated with a desktop or aiming at something specific which you then have a specific interest in.

 * multimedia-pro-studio (depends on "classic" GUI style
   production tools like Ardour, JACK and Hydrogen)
 * multimedia-pro-live (depends on production tools designed
   for live mixing of audio and video)
 * multimedia-pro-devel (depends on scripting and programming
   tools like PureData and CSound)

While I know that the tasks are not meant to be disjoint sets, I think that this split has too much overlap. In particular, both csound and puredata can be (and are frequently) used for live coding, and I suspect all sound programming languages can be too. So multimedia-pro-devel would be contained within multimedia-pro-live. Or maybe it is something else you are splitting on and I'm just confused by the names?

Do any of us developers actually use e.g. VJ'ing tools?

I have the impression that those performing favor different tools than those e.g. composing electronica. And that both camps typically use not a single tool by a range of them together. I might be totally wrong.

I am well aware that each user has a personal favorite setup. We cannot serve all. Skolelinux also do not serve all needs schools _can_ have, but offer an easy way to install a sensible system (which happen to be KDE-based, which I personally dislike).

 - Jonas

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