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30 November 2011, 17:05

ROSA Media Player for Mandriva announced

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Zoom The main development aim for the Rosa Media Player was a user interface that is easy to operate

In a post on his personal blog, Denis Koryavov, the head of UI development at ROSA Laboratory in Russia, has announced the release of a beta of version 1.0 of the ROSA Media Player (ROMP). The new open source media player for the ROSA and Mandriva Linux distributions is based on MPlayer and SMPlayer code.

Koryavov says that the developers created the SMPlayer fork because they wanted a simple and easy to use player with a "modern look". They also noted problems contributing custom code to the upstream projects due to a "different ideology". In addition to the media player, the developers have created custom plug-in for the Firefox and Chromium web browsers for streaming video.

Future versions of the player are expected to include support for recording video from a user's screen, the ability to "strip the video by size", and an option to download and play video from various online sources such as YouTube. A new user interface, which may be based on Qt Quick, is also said to be in the works.

The Moscow-based team at ROSA Laboratory contributes to the Mandriva community and has done extensive development for the Mandriva Linux desktop user interface, including work on themes and avatars and changes to the Dolphin file manager. The company's ROSA distribution, also referred to as Mandriva/ROSA or OS ROSA, is a customised versionRussian language link of Mandriva Linux 2011 that meets Russian Federal Service for Technical and Export Control (FSTEC) requirements.

The beta of ROSA Media Player 1.0 and the plug-in will be available in the Mandriva Cooker and in the Mandriva/ROSA 2011 "main/backports" repositories. Koryavov asks users testing the beta release to provide feedback by email or by posting a comment on his announcement blog post.

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