MMS on FLOSS Media Centers State of the Art survey/paper

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MMS on FLOSS Media Centers State of the Art survey/paper

Postby giovanisp » Fri Jul 18, 2008 12:51 pm

Hello,

The Telematics Freedom Foundation is conducting a study about the state of the art in current Media Center projects in the FLOSS (Free/Libre/Open Source Software) community. We picked the 10 most prominent FLOSS media center projects out there and we're now collecting information about their features, functionality and support.

The 10 selected projects are: XBMC, MythTV, Boxee, Elisa, Neuros OSD, Freevo, My Media System, Entertainer, CenterStage+Plex and MediaPortal.

Because of our limited resources, we can't afford creating a Lab to run and test all 10 media centers. So we are relying on the community collective intelligence to gather all data necessary to provide you with a panoramic view on state of the art work in FLOSS Media Center projects.

There is one webform available for each project. The forms are very easy to compile and we invite Project Leaders, Developers and Power Users to actively participate.

So, what's the deal?

You can collaborate by:
* Filling the MyMediaSystem Profile form: http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform ... 9s1nnhQRaA and/or
* Sending any particular snapshots of your MC, links to demo videos or web reviews to info (at) telematicsfreedom (dt) org[/list]

The benefits are:
* you'll get for free a panoramic view on state of the art in all prominent media center floss projects out there;
* you'll be promoting your favorite Media Center and showing how strong your community is;
* if you contribute, you will have credits at the end of the paper, in your project section;
* the best snapshots may be selected to appear on the paper and illustrate the project's UI

You can participate anonymously, but if you decide to leave your name and email address you'll be given credit for your participation and will receive an email notification of when the paper is available for download (it will be free as in free speech and as in free beer :-)

Thank you for your consideration,
Giovani Spagnolo - organizer
Telematics Freedom Foundation
http://www.telematicsfreedom.org/en/pro ... -state-art

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Postby arj » Sat Jul 19, 2008 5:43 pm

Done :D

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Postby Uatschitchun » Mon Aug 04, 2008 12:48 pm

Done :D
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Re: MMS on FLOSS Media Centers State of the Art survey/paper

Postby giovanisp » Wed Aug 06, 2008 3:11 pm

Thank you everyone for the good participation and high quality responses.
I'd like to inform we'll close surveys on September 2nd, to allow some more time for less active communities yet with low participation.

Activity and more info on our blog:
http://www.telematicsfreedom.org/en/2008/08/06/floss-survey-will-close-september-2nd

Regards,
Giovani Spagnolo

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Re: MMS on FLOSS Media Centers State of the Art survey/paper

Postby giovanisp » Wed Sep 17, 2008 3:41 pm

Thank you everyone for helping.

The paper was released a few minutes ago, get your copy (free!) at: http://www.telematicsfreedom.org/en/flossmediacenter

All the work is released under Creative Commons By-Nc-Sa.
If you have feedback, the last page contains info on how to contact me. I'll be glad to hear from you.

cheers,
giovani spagnolo

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Re: MMS on FLOSS Media Centers State of the Art survey/paper

Postby lorenzodes » Wed Sep 17, 2008 4:22 pm

Just a quick note.
Out of the box, mms uses CXFE(a xine-lib based player) and mplayer to handle DVDs and video files, not gstreamer. It does, however, also provide a way to play movies with most external players that can be controlled via command line options.
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Re: MMS on FLOSS Media Centers State of the Art survey/paper

Postby giovanisp » Wed Sep 17, 2008 4:45 pm

thanks for the fast feedback. I'll try to fix that as soon as possible. Do you have any link to the documentation of MMS audio/video handling?

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Re: MMS on FLOSS Media Centers State of the Art survey/paper

Postby lorenzodes » Thu Sep 18, 2008 12:45 pm

giovanisp wrote:thanks for the fast feedback. I'll try to fix that as soon as possible. Do you have any link to the documentation of MMS audio/video handling?


Documentation is in the wiki, but, unfortunately, it's mostly about the old 1.0.8 branch.

Formally, 1.1.0 is the development branch, while 1.0.8 is the stable one. In practice the former became stable enough for daily use at least 6 months ago.
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Re: MMS on FLOSS Media Centers State of the Art survey/paper

Postby giovanisp » Thu Sep 18, 2008 2:22 pm

thanks for these info... what about audio playback/handling ? What is mms using now in its latest version?

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Re: MMS on FLOSS Media Centers State of the Art survey/paper

Postby lorenzodes » Thu Sep 18, 2008 2:55 pm

giovanisp wrote:thanks for these info... what about audio playback/handling ? What is mms using now in its latest version?


Alsaplayer, gstreamer and xine-lib.

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