X Replacements

Read some interesting things today about gstreamer. Being dropped by Rhythmbox. MAS just came out and word is that it won’t be used by either KDE or GNOME. Well…it goes to show all is alive and well in Linux land – absolutely no concensus as to standards ;) Although, in this case I’d have to wait and hear about the performance of MAS first before I come to any decision. Plus it seems very X specific, which kinda kills it for things like PicoGUI or Fresco. Bah. Freaking hell. Also the MIT license, which I _personally_ think is one of the weakest licenses possible. At least the LGPL ensures that if someone makes changes to your code base, they can’t simply walk away with it and sell a competing product without giving out the source. Man. Bah. Got SSL working…but…now you can connect to razorblade.dyndns.org only via SSL. Which is suboptimal. I don’t need the entire site secure…only one tiny section ;) Xine seems to be the big winner in these multimedia wars so far… Ok. Hmm…it doesn’t seem like its possible to do what I want without creating another vhost. Yay…my subversion links and SVNParentPath work flawlessly now. Now to get authentication ;) OK. WHOA. Breakthrough! Subversion (client side) will *only* check out via https!!! Heck yeah! Well..actually I had this working _quite_ some time ago. It’s just that I wanted it finer grained. But I think that will have to wait another day. now I have to track down the problem re passwords. Well. Fixed that. My stupid mistake. I should really concentrate on _what_ _I’m_ doing _right_ at that moment. I would do things faster. At any rate, it was a problem on my end. Now to try and get *even* finer grained control. Ok. I’m very confused now. Should I create a GTK2 SILC client as an exercise or should I work only on Fresco. Should I switch from Fresco to picoGUI? Should I concentrate on both, all? Should I buy a laptop? How can I maximize the time I have? [Perhaps not reading /.] ;) Bah…so many questions. Ok – here’s my take on the Fresco/picoGUI situation. I like C++ better than C. However, I want to work on a project that is for actual production use – not just a research project. In that case picoGUI looks like ‘it’. Fresco has kinda languished. But…if I help out, maybe Fresco won’t languish. At any rate – I can always move to picoGUI later – after all the concepts are the same (sorta) between them. Some of scanline’s ideas make a lot of sense. For example – application writers want to deal with widgets – not scengraphs directly…so his separation of layout, widget servers make a lot of sense. Also, CORBA is turning into more of an unjustifiable decision. [sigh]. The truth is that I think *nix people are more likely to go with picoGUI than Fresco. So confused. At any rate – back to moderating the GNOME forums again. I like GNOME. Although I hate the code that’s underneath ;) I do like how usable it is…

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