new KDE project: PHONON
For a long time using multimedia functionality in an application posed a big challenge to most developers. It is high time for the great media frameworks that have emerged to get an easy to use, but still powerful, interface.
KDE has been using aRts as its media framework and multimedia API since KDE 2.0. aRts has been a great framework in many ways, but didn’t manage to keep up and is unmaintained by now. In the meantime many good alternatives have come up, including, but not limited to, libxine gstreamer NMM and Helix.
With Phonon KDE developers will be able to write applications with multimedia functionality in a fraction of the time needed with one of the above mentioned media frameworks/libs. This will facilitate the usage of media capabilities in the KDE desktop and applications