Re: [XFree86] XFree Multimeda Extensions
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This is probably better discussed on forum@xfree86 ("future & high level issues") than on xfree86@xfree86 ("user support").
This was done once, called XIE, and almost universally despised to the point of being removed from recent XFree86 & X.Org releases. It was discussed again at the recent X Developer's Conference with the goal of coming up with a simpler design and not falling into the same rathole of over-complicating things with too many fringe features that XIE did. I don't know if anyone's actively working on that though.
> - some kind of X Sound - a bidirectional interface for Sound play and > recording.
-- -Alan Coopersmith- alan.coopersmith@xxxxxxx Sun Microsystems, Inc. - X Window System Engineering
recently I've seen a lot of discussions on the Web about "X being obsolete / bad / ..." Though I don't agree with the negative people I've taken some time to think about it and I had an Idea, I want to draw your attention to.
In my opinion X is a great thing which could be improved by some additions: something like Xmmm (or whatever) which should be some extensions for multimedia usage. Among these I would count:
- support for sending JPEG, PNG or MPEG data directly to the X server;
- support for some "reverse channel" for transmitting data from a camera to the client;
- some kind of X Sound - a bidirectional interface for Sound play and recording.
Actually I don't think, you should reinvent everything, but just find some good piece of code and add the etensions to the X protocol. This way X would gain a lot of popularity for the new millenium.
This is just my personal opinion and I want to give the Idea to the community for discussion.
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