[mythtv-users] Programming remote button bindings (WAS: What major features are planned for 0.27?)

Mark Greenwood fatgerman at gmail.com
Thu Nov 29 12:32:46 UTC 2012

On Wednesday 28 Nov 2012 20:21:27 jedi wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 11:08:01PM +0000, Simon Hobson wrote:
> > Michael T. Dean wrote:
> > 
> > >>>I still don't get why people think doing this (and repeating it with
> > >>>each upgrade--and on each system) is easier than creating (or, likely,
> > >>>downloading) a single LIRC configuration file for the remote
> > >>>(lircd.conf) and a LIRC configuration for MythTV (~/.lircrc) and any
> > >>>other application you want to use with the remote, which can then be
> > >>>backed up with your other configuration files and just dropped in place
> > >>>whenever you upgrade your distro or set up a new system or...
> > 
> > Since there is now in-kernel support, using an extra package/layer
> > is as sensible as having an extra package/software layer to make
> > (say) a keyboard work. Clearly LIRC exists because in-kernel support
>    As long as it's transparent to the end user then it really doesn't
> matter. The power users continue to have their toys and the n00bs don't
> even have to know what they're missing.

And LIRC is as transparent to the end user as a brick wall painted black. Whereas the kernel-treats-it-as-akeyboard approach is invisible.

>    Going out of your way to cripple the system and annoy legacy users
> simply isn't necessary.

That's not what's being argued for. All I've said all along is that myth should have some sensible default bindings for basic multimedia keys.

> [deletia]
>    It's fine to cater to the n00bs and have nice sensible defaults. It's
> quite another thing to let them drive system architecture. If you have
> no imagination, you will never understand the value of more interesting
> interfaces.

If you don't have the imagination to see how making something simpler is better for the majority of users, or to see that it's an acheivable goal, then you'll never understand what I'm talking about.

I was actually trying to help, since usability is my area of preofessional expertise. But I'm getting a real impression that the myth team aren't interested in making the user interface better, they only want more features and more stuff to fiddle with. So I give up, I'll go and try to help out with xbmc instead.


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