[mythtv-theming] Menu Theme Customization Request

Ljubomir Manojlovic komitaltrade at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 22 15:57:32 UTC 2010

First thank for Google group information.

Second, it is just about the first two levels of layout. 

Example is Graphite with Classic Menu Theme

First layer have Settings, TV, Videos and Games (Settings to be hidden or 
parental control protected, other 3 visible or without protection)

- TV layer have Watch TV, Watch Recordings, Previously Recorded (all 3 should be 
available), Schedule Recordings (removing, no needs in client PC), System Status  
(removing, no needs in client PC, or can be parental control protected), TV 
settings ( (removing, exist in Settings submenu - second level).

- Videos is more simple, because it should to be removed just Video settings 
(exist in Settings submenu - second level).

- Games no needs for changes at all.

- Music is similar to videos (but it is less important of all media).

- Other plugins, hard to expect to be installed for public usage (but it is not 
too different situation).

From: Raymond Wagner <raymond at wagnerrp.com>
To: Discussion about MythTV theming <mythtv-theming at mythtv.org>
Sent: Wed, September 22, 2010 9:41:32 AM
Subject: Re: [mythtv-theming] Menu Theme Customization Request

On 9/22/2010 09:55, Ljubomir Manojlovic wrote: 
I'm looking for Menu themes (now is available default,           classic, DVR 
and mediacenter).
>That mean how ALL dialogs with any sort of the settings (so,           it is 
>about the MythTV in client PC, it is not about media           deletion in media 
>server) should to be in some way hidden from           final user (to disable 
>user to make ANY TYPE OF CHANGES in           menu).
>I wrote how it is for cyber cafe (it is stupid to limit PC           usage just 
>for internet and office), but think about the           schools (e.g. 
>educational movies), libraries (e.g. listening           music), etc. Any 
>administrator can not permit situation where           public user can make 
>changes in media center settings.
Menu themes don't do what you think they do.  They only control the     first 
two levels of layout.  Once you get into any of the individual     sections and 
plugins, the interface is all hard coded.  The changes     you ask for would 
require large amounts of coding and relatively     little theming.

MythTV was designed for home use, not commercial, and as such,     security 
wasn't even an afterthought.  There is no authentication on     the backend 
protocol or XML interface, and no access management to     MySQL besides its own 
access credentials.  There is no way to     restrict access to content, beside 
the parental controls which take     a 4-digit PIN.  There is no way to prevent 
modification or deletion     of content, recording rules, or any other behavior 
in MythTV.

There (supposedly) are several commercial installations of MythTV,     including 
some hotels, schools, and even one residential cable     provider in Canada.  
These all required heavy modification to get     running securely, which we have 
never been submitted back upstream     to us.  For any paid contract work you 
are looking for, there is a     Google group set up to handle that.


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