[mythtv-theming] Menu Theme Customization Request
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
>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
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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