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Re: [LONG] [REVIEW] Fedora 11 and Amarok2

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____/ Tony Manco on Saturday 12 Sep 2009 12:33 : \____

> Homer wrote:
> <snip Fedora Review>
>> #########
>> #Amarok2#
>> #########
>> Those averse to foul language should stop reading now.
>> You have been warned.
>> I'm not going to mince my words, and I make no apologies for my
>> language, since IMHO it is fully warranted ... Amarok2 is a total
>> clusterfuck, an embarrassment to the world of software engineering, a
>> stillborn mutant bastard child of something which once held so much
>> promise - in short, the biggest failure in the history of Free Software,
>> or any software, ever.
>> In fact Amarok2 is so bad, that at first I genuinely believed it was a
>> prank. I even double checked my calendar to see if I was the victim of
>> an April Fools joke. No such luck. I was so convinced that the pitiful
>> state of this once great software was some kind of mis-perception, that
>> I even briefly considered checking myself into the local rehab clinic,
>> to see if I'd accidentally consumed some kind of hallucinogenic drug,
>> and was just imagining the whole nightmarish episode. But once I
>> realised that I was in fact fully compos mentis on a dull September
>> morning, I suddenly wished I wasn't, and that I could be magically
>> transported to some alternate universe where this screaming advert for
>> self-termination for software engineers didn't exist.
>> Yes, Amarok2 really is that bad.
>> Here's a shortlist of failures:
>> 1. It doesn't work with iPods any more. In fact it doesn't even have an
>>    interface to connect to any devices at all. This may be a "beta"
>>    problem, or something unique to the Fedora build, but frankly in its
>>    current state I fail to see the point of unleashing this garbage on
>>    an unsuspecting userbase at all
>> 2. Expanding on the above issue ... where the fuck is the interface?
>>    Where's the options? Where is *anything*? It's all just ... *gone*!
>> 3. Fetching album art from Amazon is broken (error). Again
>> 4. Fetching lyrics is broken (error)
>> 5. The scripting/plugin interface has disappeared
>> 6. The TunePimp feature to fill in missing metadata is broken (error)
>> 7. The HTML rendering of the Wikipedia artist page is completely screwed
>>    up. This ain't rocket science ... how hard can it be to render some
>>    simple HTML? Too hard for the Amarok2 devs, apparently. I can't show
>>    you a screenshot, as I've wiped that steaming pile of stinking
>>    biomatter from my system permanently, but just to give you an idea
>>    ... it looked like some demented child had thrown all the letters
>>    from a game of scrabble onto a wall covered with honey. I.e. fucked
>> 8. SQL database. In three words: WHAT ... THE ... FUCK? Apparently the
>>    drooling fuckwits who dare to claim responsibility for this useless
>>    truckload of horseshit that passes for software, decided in a drugs
>>    and alcohol-fuelled binge one evening, that connecting to an external
>>    SQL database was no longer something worth doing, and that SQLite and
>>    Postgresql should be unceremoniously dumped like a bag of unwanted
>>    kittens into the river. /Now/ Amarok2 has a shiny new MySQL server
>>    built /in/ to its core system, which means that for those who already
>>    run an *SQL server, you will now have the redundancy of running /two/
>>    *SQL servers, for absolutely no good reason whatsoever. Fuckwits. Oh,
>>    but it gets worse, because Amarok2 allows running multiple instances
>>    of itself, and *each instance runs its own MySQL server*! Jesus
>>    crapped bricks! And /what/ was the motivation for this brainfart?
>>    Windows users can't use MySQL, Postgresql and SQLite, apparently.
>>    *Fuck Windows users* ... give us back a working version of Amarok!
>>    (Note: see what "multi-platform development" gets you, /Matt/?)
>> As it stands, Amarok2 is a simple song player, like Gnome MPlayer, only
>> less useful. It has support for some new internet radio sites. Oh whoopy
>> doo. It does bugger-all else, except perhaps make you wish you'd never
>> heard the name "Amarok", only to have your guts ripped out once you
>> realise what a maggot infested rotting pile of rats' corpses it's
>> become. I pray to God that if and when the revolution comes, the very
>> /first/ people some future Che Guevara wannabe props up against the wall
>> and shoots, is those responsible for this embodiment of all that could
>> possibly ever go wrong in software development. My one remaining hope is
>> that those responsible for this mess, transport their sorry arses over
>> to the world of Windows la-la land, and stay there, where they clearly
>> belong. May they enjoy many euphoria-filled years of contributing to the
>> bloated, Malware-infested, clusterfuck that is the Windows platform, and
>> which this sorry excuse for software typifies so completely.
>> ######
>> (Note to the COLA trolls: was that "balanced" enough for you?)
> I've only used the older Amarok once (1.x I think), it was indeed awesome,
> but I really can't remember how awesome it was compared to version 2 of this
> player
> I can agree with points 2 and 4 of your review...
> You missed one though, version 1.x had and Equalizer, version 2 (at least
> the stable version) has yet to have any kind of EQ support and this makes me
> sad... hopefully they will add one in future versions.

Many people request it, so it'll probably get added sooner or later. Maybe it's 
not a priority just yet because they do a rewrite and Amarok is massively lighter 
than it used to be. Like Homer said, KDE4 is a lot more agile then KDE3, which may 
seem paradoxical.

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		~~ Best of wishes

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