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I work with a small jukebox manufacturing company in Central America. These jukeboxes play different types of media (mp3, avi, divx) depending on the customers choices.
I currently use a windows xp based app but I have the following problems that I would like to eliminate:
1. Cost of Windows License
2. Very Slow Startup and shutdown
3. Crashing & Windows failures (blue screens, etc)
4. Space used by Windows when most of its features are not used.
The current application is pretty simple. On startup it shows the user a screen which has 9 artist's pictures on it with the selected artist's picture enlarged. PM me for screenshot
Below the selected artist are the following:
1. The artist (folder) name
2. Type of media (song or video)
3. a list of the songs or videos contained within that folder. These can be selected by pressing the UP or DOWN keys.
The user can change the selected artist to any of the other 8 by pressing the LEFT or RIGHT arrow keys.
Since there are more than 9 artists, the user changes the set of 9 by pressing PAGE UP or PAGE DOWN.
Finally, when the user finds the song or video he/she wants to hear, they press enter. The song or video then begins to play if enough credits are available.
If the media is a song, a simple visualization is displayed in the black box to the right of the song list. If the media is a video, it is displayed in fullscreen until any key is pressed. When a key is pressed, the video is reduced to the black box so that another selection can be made. 10 secs after the last keypress, the video goes back to full screen until it stops playing.
In most cases songs and videos have different costs so the amount of credits needed must be independently adjustable. A history of how many songs or videos that have played and how many times (and when) they have played should be kept.
That is the basic functionality of what I currently use although there are a few more features.
Since I dont know anything about Linux, I have no idea if it is even a better option than the windows based app. Please send any suggestions to jfg at nlpunto dot com.
You could also try sourceforge.net, I think they've got a job request section. This sounds like an interesting project and I'd like to do it myself, but I'm not good enough of a programmer (I'd have to learn to use a lot of new libraries, and I'm only ~17 anyways). Good luck with Linux, though, unlike Windows you can strip it down to nothing but what's needed to run this software, which'll give you better performance and stability.