Posted by Tobi
The second part of the results from the VDR Survey 2008 will concentrate on the VDR plug-ins.
Altogether there were 305 plug-ins for which the participants could select, if they use the plug-in or if they would like to use it, but can't for some reason. For each plug-in it was also possible, to leave a free text comment.
493 participants took part in the plug-in survey.
A complete list of the number of users per plug-in can be found here.
Plug-ins, which users would like to use
The list of plug-ins, which users would like to use, but can't, is lead by the IPTV-, the Burn- and the SoftCam-Plug-in.
For the IPTV plug-in, the reasons why it can not be used are mostly of technical nature, like a too slow internet connection or the unavailability of useful IPTV channels and internet streams.
The Burn plug-in on the other side is simply to buggy and to hard to configure and use.
Many participants would like to use the SoftCam plug-in, if there would be no doubt, that this was legal and if it were available in the respective distribution.
All in all the main reasons why a plug-in can not be used, even if there's an interest in it, are the following:
- The plug-in doesn't work or is too buggy
- The installation / configuration of the plug-in is too complicated
- The plug-in is not available for a specific distribution
- No support for the latest VDR version / plug-in is no longer developed
- Missing technical prerequisites
- No time / opportunity to try it out yet
The main reason for me as a Debian maintainer to start this survey was, to figure out, which plug-ins are really used and which are not. This should have helped me to decide, to drop some plug-ins from the Debian / e-tobi repository where upstream development seems to have stopped and where the plug-ins are generally in bad shape.
Notwithstanding the problems some plug-ins have, they are nevertheless often in great demand, so that the survey result doesn't make it much easier for me to decide to remove such plug-ins.
Maybe some plug-in developers will take the comments left for their plug-in as a reason to continue their development.
For some "important" (because often used) plug-ins there really seems to be a lack of man power. The OSDTeletext- and the DVD-Plugin haven't been updated for 3 years and the Burn plugin for 2 years. Other plug-ins even haven't seen a new version for 5 or more years. I don't want to reproach any plug-in developers here. As the developer of the Vodcatcher, Podcatcher and Menuorg plug-in, I understand, that sometimes other things simply have a higher priority and the interest in a plug-in and its further development might simply get lost over time.
Maybe it would be a good idea, to put such plug-ins into a community maintained project, where every one can contribute. In the Gentoo and Debian packages alone, are enough patches for many plug-ins to bring them up-to-date with the current VDR version and make a new release.
I could probably organize a sponsored root server for hosting a Redmine project management with Git and SVN, so if anyone thinks this is a good idea, I can set up a project immediately.
The survey data
A summarization for each plug-in (especially for plug-in authors) can be found here:
The complete SQLite database with the survey results is available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike Licence 3.0 here