Archos devices: time to let them rest?
2014-02-09 12:06:10 GMT
Hi all, When rockbox started about twelve years ago, the Archos Jukebox was still a shiny new device, only slightly outclassed by the Recorder with its wonderful bitmap display. Rockbox pushed these devices far beyond what anyone could have imagined when they were released. Rockbox now runs on many more devices than these old Archoses, and with each new device, new challenges and opportunities arose. We now support colour screens, CPU decoding, touchscreens, and many features that were inspired by new and more powerful hardware. These newer devices are now vastly more popular than the Archoses, and this combined with the Archoses being different in some important ways (using a hardware codec, and for the Jukebox, using a character cell display) has meant that during the last few years Rockbox for the Archoses has not had the maintenance it really needs. This is e.g. visible on the build page , where you can see that the build for the Archos Recorder has been broken for more than a year, due to it (and soon, probably, some of its siblings) really needing to move to a different way of booting (a move the non-Archos ports made back when they started). The work needed to keep the Archos port alive is not impossible, but at least for the past two years, nobody has stepped up. We don't even know if anyone still has one of these devices in active use. I think it's now time to let the Archos port rest. Without it, rockbox(Continue reading)