XBMC Rendering weekly report 2

Hi everybody, here is my weekly report incase the RSS doesn't pick it up
before the meeting.


While I had exams last week there were some major work done with getting
Ångström working as a development environment for XBMC, much thanks to
the extremely helpful people over at #beagle!.

The plans for next weeks will consist mostly of reading up on already
created technologies as I won’t be near my development machine.


      * Thanks to, amongst many, koen from #beagle I finally got the
        Ångström distribution up and running and compiled XBMC. Koen has
        provided a few patches necessary to get XBMC compilable and have
        added a few missing libraries to the repository.
      * Narcissus image creator for Ångström have gotten a “Beagleboard
        GSoC 2010 XBMC build dependencies” as a development option to
        help others to easily create an image that can build XBMC. Its
        still missing some libraries which will get updated along the
      * While I have focused on Ångström for now since more mentors use
        it and is more supported Ubuntu seems to be working with the
        latest SGX which make it a viable fallback once again!
      * Branch created gsoc-2010-beagleboard


      * Commit the patches needed to build XBMC on Ångström.
      * Read up on already created graphical libraries like EVAS how
        they solve buffered font and event based rendering.
      * Sketch up a proposal of buffered font.
      * Finalize the event based rendering proposal.


      * No development environment will make it harder to create
      * The proposed event driven rendering will alter much of the
        internals of XBMC (more of a long term risk)
      * While buffering text seems viable we generally use text quite
        differently hence a one fit all solution might be hard to find.
        Examples of uses
              * “Streaming” text in inputfields and subtitles
              * Small text labels
              * Large scrolling text which might stretch beyond a
                texture limit. While it may not change much with the
                exception of scrolling, generate the text might take a
                significant time and would use a lot of memory. This
                might introduce lagg to the GUI or just take up to much