[Umc-dev] Discussion agenda for UDS-Intrepid around the integration of Elisa media center

Loïc Dardant loic.dardant at gmail.com
Thu Apr 24 09:16:34 UTC 2008

Hi everybody,

I'm still in activity, and I'm interested for the UDS. Unluckily, I'm
student and I must attend classes during may.

For UMC, I work for the Lirc part, as said Arnaud on the namepsace and hal
parts. But I'm always interested to do some other work (for example finish
the elisa lirc plugin, if it's still needed).

For UMC, I think the project is maybe too big for a beginning. An
integration on ubuntu should be a start point for us. The creation of a new
flavor of ubuntu should be delay in my opinion, because we must concentrate
the current force on a smaller project, like elisa integration.

It can be a good idea to develop this integration during (or before with
some of us who can't attend UDS) the UDS and create strike force with the
current UMC guys and everyone motivated.

What do you think of that ?

2008/4/23 Arnaud Quette <aquette.dev at gmail.com>:

> Hi Alessandro, Florian, the UMC Team and u-devel,
> I should have stepped up for long to announce this on the UMC mailing
> list.
> I hereby resign of my position of UMC Team leader. Running a community
> and such an effort requires more energy and time that I can give to
> this specific task. And this project really needs someone dedicated to
> run it and manage the many people willing to help.
> Note that I'm already running an important community (Network UPS
> Tools) and many related projects and packages, which requires my
> attention. Moreover, real life has caught me in many ways.
> This will allow me to give the tiny bit of time remaining to the
> important task of improving LIRC (standardized key namespace and HAL
> support), which will benefit back to UMC and other Media Center
> solutions. I'm still unsure about the debs maintenance since I only
> had time for coherence (thanks and sorry Lool)
> A word about Elisa : this is the most promising MC solution out there!
> kudos to the Fluendo team.
> But though I'm persuaded that it's the solution for UMC in the long
> run, it still lacks some feature completion. So some alpha development
> or flavor of UMC can be done using MythBuntu (kudos there to Superm1,
> along with the Dell job ;-), or XBMC.
> I don't know the state of the current HH packages, but Fluendo should
> still provide some working ones: http://elisa.fluendo.com/
> A word about UMC: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuMediaCenterTeam
> A lot of work has already been achieved, based on Elisa, on the
> specifications, development, artwork and packaging. Even some things
> have been done on the liveCD creation. So the path isn't long to a
> releasable solution to the public.
> I'm obviously willing to help any people filling brave enough, and
> having the right profile, to take over this charge. And I hope this
> will be in time for UDS...
> don't hesitate if you have questions, I'm still surfacing for a few days
> ;-)
> 2008/4/22, Alessandro Decina <alessandro.d at gmail.com>:
> > Hi,
> >
> >  We would like to discuss the integration of a default media center
> solution
> >  in the Ubuntu desktop at the Ubuntu Developer Summit for the Intrepid
> Ibex.
> >
> >  The goal is to give Ubuntu users an out of the box, easy to use,
> >  well integrated and appealing multimedia application allowing them to
> enjoy
> >  their multimedia content.
> >
> >  Competing desktops such as Mac OS/X provide their users with an
> >  immediate solution
> >  to browse their content and retrieve content from the Internet in a
> very visual,
> >  intuitive and beautiful user interface. This is a fundamental part of
> >  the end user
> >  experience and makes a big difference in the overall feeling of the
> desktop.
> >
> >  Major key elements towards success are:
> >  - giving users a both usable and very attractive user interface
> >  - perfect integration with the user's desktop (cross-application
> >  interoperability,
> >   visual integration, etc.)
> >  - it should work out of the box
> >
> >  Members of the Elisa media center team and of the Ubuntu media center
> team are
> >  willing to attend the Ubuntu developer summit for the Intrepid Ibex in
> order to
> >  gather around a specification. The basic idea is to take the Elisa
> media center
> >  and make the necessary adaptation to fit all the use cases that will
> >  be discussed.
> >  Elisa has already an interesting UI and comes with an extensible
> framework
> >  that would ease the task by an order of magnitude.
> >
> >  A specification has been created [1] and is in a drafting state at the
> >  moment. Anyone
> >  is welcome to participate.
> >
> >  An important and very practical point is that we would like to know who
> is
> >  interested in discussing it at UDS-Intrepid and on what days so that we
> can book
> >  plane tickets and so on.
> >
> >
> >  Have a nice day,
> >
> >  Alessandro Decina
> >  Florian Boucault
> >
> >  [1] https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/elisa-integration
> >
> cheers,
> Arnaud
> --
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> http://www.mgeops.com
> Network UPS Tools (NUT) Project Leader - http://www.networkupstools.org/
> Debian Developer - http://people.debian.org/~aquette/<http://people.debian.org/%7Eaquette/>
> Free Software Developer - http://arnaud.quette.free.fr/

Loïc Dardant
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