Yesterday the newest Commit Digest was released. Among a lot of porting-to-KDE4 stuff and extensive work on kdevelop there was a interesting note about the future of k3b:
I will not post a full Changelog yet but can tell you one thing: From now on you will want to do all your Video DVD ripping with K3b
Sounds really promising!
Also interesting is a report about extended session management for KDE: this Google Summer of Code project tries to go beyond the today known session management:
Currently, session support exists so that when you logout of KDE, you may later return and pick up where you left off, with applications opening to the state they were in when you left.
My goal is to extend this session paradigm so that tasks like web development, communication, or even wasting time can be started or stopped at any time, by bringing up the appropriate applications with the setings you need to use them for that task.
Something else mentioned in the report is, however, a new GUI for mplayer: oskar. After some search it turned out that this is at least supported by Ubuntu. The basic idea is to rework the kmplayer GUI to something similar to kaffeine, because – form the authors point of view – the kaffeine interface is more usable than the kmplayer interface. Therefore the first GUI mockups do remind me of kaffeine: GUI mockup extended, GUI mockup simple.
Could be nice to have a new GUI for mplayer, however, since the mplayer development has it’s own problems this cannot be a solution forever. One of the reasons that I prefer kaffeine at the moment is that it uses xine which makes visible progress.
But anyway, with Phonon it should not be a problem in KDE 4 to write a new media player which can make everything you need – without thinking about the backend.
What KDE is really missing at the moment is a program for videos which would be something like that what amarok is for audio: the perfect program everyone wants to use….