GSoC: xfburn

Jannis Pohlmann jannis at
Sat Mar 8 23:23:16 CET 2008

Hey David,

first of all thanks for your interest in Xfce and SoC.

Am Thu, 6 Mar 2008 14:31:02 -0700
schrieb "David Mohr" <damailings at>:

> Hi everyone,
> I'd like to participate in Google's summer of code and work on xfburn.
> I'm not much of a GUI programmer so far, so I expect to take some time
> to get up to speed on working on the interface, but other than that I
> think I'm a decent C programmer, and I have some limited experience
> with glib and gtk already.
> I saw an entry about xfburn on the ideas page on the wiki, and I agree
> with those goals. Getting xfburn ported to the new libisofs is already
> pretty much done. Other than that, xfburn right now is not very
> feature complete, so obviously the first goal would be to get dvd and
> audio cd burning implemented.
> Burning dvds is actually not much different from burning cds with
> libburn, so here the changes are mostly needed in the GUI.
> Thinking about burning audio cds I had an idea that I'd like to get
> some comments on:
> What if we would implement a general interface which processes files
> as they are added to the project. So in case of an audio cd project,
> the audio input would get transformed to wav-audio which can then get
> burned to the cd. If this was implemented flexible enough, then we
> could do some neat things like:
>  - MP3 CD project: encode all audio to MP3 and then burn (think of
> lossless music collections)
>  - Database of backed-up files: keep track of what files were ever
> burned so that one knows what files have been backed up previously
>  - Who knows, maybe even burn video dvds at some point
> I'm not sure what to call this interface, possibly a 'processor',
> because it does some work on the files, but does not necessarily
> change them (as in the backup database case).
> So basically a processor would consume one files, and either pass them
> through, pass on a modified version, or do nothing until more files
> have been added.
> What do you all think?

I've been thinking about it for a while and it occurs to me that a
burn project plugin architecture might be the right conceptual idea for

The 'processors' approach as you describe it sounds much like an
embedded shell fronted (with support for commands like 'lame') to 
me. IMHO, 'processors' like this rather belong to a file manager than
to a burn program. 

Anyway, just my two cents.

  - Jannis
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