[mythtv] MythTV in a window

Colin Cross colin at colincross.com
Sat Mar 27 19:39:41 EST 2004

I've noticed lots of questions on the user and dev lists about mouse cursors and running in a window.  I personally use a frontend on a dedicated monitor where the fullscreen mode with no mouse is fine, but I'd also like to use mythfrontend in a window on my laptop while working on other things.  The current version of mythfrontend doesn't work well for this.  The window doesn't resize or minimize, the cursor hiding causes problems with gnome/metacity, and the output only works with Xv, which doesn't work well with Xinerama.

What I would like is to add an option to mythfrontend that will add these features:
1.  Leave the cursor alone, or hide after a few seconds (already been discussed)
2.  Allow minimizing of the window
3.  Allow resizing of the window (this is probably tricky)
4.  Add alternate outputs besides Xv?
5.  Add a stay-on-top option

All or most of these things have been discussed before, but I haven't been able to find any reasons why they can't be implemented.  I understand that most people use mythfrontend on a dedicated screen, so the changes I want to make wouldn't screw with that.  Are there objections to/ideas for any of these changes?  Are there any problems with enabling these changes when mythfrontend is running in a window?

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