this is all about making Linux Audio more useful.
The idea came about because on the one hand there are parts of Linux
audio that really need some coders attention and on the other hand there
are coders who don't know where to start. I realize that there never are
more than enough coders, so this is mainly about bringing attention to
the parts that need it the most.
To a degree it's what bug/feature trackers are there for, but those are
usually per application, and while there are category and priority
systems in place those are rarely used.
So what this is also about is bridging a gap between users, developers
and between applications.
It would be quite simple really.
An easy to find, central place, possibly a wiki or a tracker.
Anyone, a user most likely, describes his workflow and what the
showstopper is. This could be applications not syncing properly, or an
essential but missing feature. The idea is to tackle mainly
infrastructure and cross application problems, with the goal to make a
workflow actually work.
The user should have to specify all relevant information available, such
as version information, links, probably some kind of priority or urgency
indication and how hard he believes it would be.
He could also put up a reward of sorts, not necessarily monetary.
Any developer could pick up the task and work on it, possibly leaving a
The possible benefits I see are:
a) A kind of overview of what's needed the most, one place where you can
see what's actually important to users.
b) A way to identify and fix problems between applications - something I
believe is very important for a system that encourages the use of
multiple applications at once. I believe there are numerous
synchronisation/transport issues for example which are never really tackled,
despite this being a very important part of the infrastructure.
c) Emphasis on actual workflow and usability.
d) It would work for any program, even those without tracker and those
that aren't high profile and aren't usually in the center of attention.
Could this work? What do you think?
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