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Songbird Linux Support Falls Out Of A Tree

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Published on 05 April 2010 02:51 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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Songbird, the open-source multimedia player that's built upon GStreamer and Mozilla Firefox's XULRunner, is no longer chirping a Linux-friendly tune. We have covered Songbird a few times at Phoronix since its initial release back in 2006, but now four years later they will stop officially maintaining the Linux version as they focus just on the Mac OS X and Windows clients.

The next version (Songbird 1.7.2 "NOFX") of Songbird is introducing video support to this player along with other new features, but their Linux client is no longer receiving much love and attention. As such, this support is being dropped. A "community version" will still exist in the source, but it may not necessarily receive any new features or work by the core Songbird developers.

This decision on the dropping of Songbird for Linux was announced via the Songbird blog.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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