So, on #amarok tonight I got to know that the next release is likely to have a plugin to work with Rio Karma portable devices, thanks to mopoke. This implementation relies on libkarma and on omfs kernel module.
Now, I have to say that Amarok developers with their damn idea of making it the best music player on the face of the earth, supporting as many portable media devices they can, are getting on my nerves! 😉 I cannot even test the supports I need to enable!
Anyway, although I didn’t get yet someone to test the MTP support for good (and as I said, I don’t have a device to try myself), this time I want to start requesting information/testers/developers going to maintain those packages beforehand.
What does this mean? That if you’re a developer, you should be starting preparing ebuilds for the two softwares above, and if you’re not, you either need to become one to maintain them, accept that there won’t be any support for the Karma on the ebuild (and resolve to use EXTRA_ECONF losing support if problems come up), or provide me the means to maintain the two packages above.
Now, considering that Rio Karma seems not be be found anymore (at least on Amazon where I had a page bookmarked, as I looked up information about this particular portable device some time ago, because it was the only one I heard supporting FLAC out of the box), and that it wouldn’t be exactly cheap anyway, I do hope nobody will ever consider the third option. I feel ashamed not to be able to support already two portable devices types, but really I cannot do much more than this.
As I said, help is really appreciated 🙂