A while back topfs2's dirty region work solved the single biggest issue i had with XBMC, trough a GSoC project.
I felt inspired to one day also do a project for XBMC trough GSoC and become part of the great community that is XBMC.
This represents a draft of my proposal. I wanted to get a little feedback before proposing over melange.
Name: Tobias Ibounig
Studies: 3rd year computer science and electronics student from Austria.
Summary: In effort to make XBMC a more complete experience I want to add a RSS-Reader to XBMC (as proposed in the wiki).
How will I achieve this: Writing an addon, with help of the library FeedParser, which is already in the official repository.
In terms of features i am thinking of:
Not only supporting multiple RSS feeds, but also enable to divide them into different categories.
This could be solved trough a XML-file for each category, where each XML-file contains the feeds.
- images and video
An easy way to displayed images would be the multiimage-control. And have a sideshow of the images in the feed on the side.
I still need to look more into how to add video.
It would also be nice, to provide the user with a (small) catalog of interesting Feeds, that feature full text and not only short previews.
- Import functions
Something that just came to mind, a import function for online feed readers.
Benefits: Enabling the User to do his news reading through XBMC. This could mean the elimination of another reason to switch out of XBMC.
(Also making a pure XBMC-distro a even more viable option)
Goals: Create a user friendly Feed reader with Image and Video viewing capability.
What does it touch in XBMC: I currently think of it as an pure addon, so nothing much.
A few questions:
Is this the way you envisioned the RSS reader to be implemented?
Is something missing that you want?
Have I overlooked something, that could make it necessary to touch something within XBMC?