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One thing I’ve been thinking about more and more lately, is that Myth is way overkill for what I’m using it for — effectively, just MythVideo and that’s it.

The only thing I use it for is a GUI interface to browse folders, display thumbnails of folders and files, and playback whatever I pick.

There’s gotta be something simpler out there, though I imagine I’ll probably just end up writing my own.

Now what’s a good easy GUI development library that wouldn’t be hard to learn?


  1. Travis Hansen Travis Hansen February 4, 2009

    Hey cuz. Have you tried out XBMC?

  2. Hans Hans February 4, 2009

    Check out freevo. When all I was doing was playing existing media files, freevo was what I used and I was very happy. When I had to do recordings I moved to MythTV and I really missed the sanity and simplicity of freevo.

  3. non7top non7top February 4, 2009

    You’re reading my mind. I’ve just recently set up my htpc and tried all those media centers. And found them all so overloaded and also had a thought about writing may own piece of software for this. But now i’m stuck with mc and mplayer as this works perfect. I hope for news from you about this subject 🙂
    For GUI I suggest using PyQt.

  4. Steve Steve February 4, 2009


    Not yet … seems equally overloaded. I’ve been meaning to try it out for a long time, though.

    @ Hans,

    Yah, I really like Freevo, but it forces you to go through it’s config files to do stuff (last I tried), for things like LIRC and MPlayer commands, really turned me off. I dunno if it supports a graphical folder interface either, I’ll have to lookee.


    Ive heard good things about PyQt … and I kind of figured I’d *probably* end up using Py-something.

  5. Xake Xake February 4, 2009

    Must say XBMC does it for me rather good, very good if it were not for it’s massive use of bundled libraries….

  6. LordVan LordVan February 6, 2009

    afaik freevo has one but i think u have to give it the main folder but that seems reasolabe 😉

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