The results of the first poll about the future of the Dolphin Viewer are in:
- 5 persons voted for “Stay with 1.5 sourcecode and interface”
- 11 persons voted for “Switch to 2.x code and interface”
- 8 people voted for “Provide both versions”
Over the past weeks, I have been giving a lot of thought to the direction that the development of the Dolphin Viewer should take.
First, the sheer amount of work to support both 1.5 (based on Snowglobe) and 2.x code is way more than one person can handle – as you guys may know, there is only one person behind the scenes at Dolphin. So there is a new poll, which has the same question, but no “Both” choice.
Second, development on Snowglobe stopped sometime in the summer of 2010, and the official sourcecode repository for it is no longer available, nor are the supporting libraries and supporting files. Additionally, I had a few open JIRA entries about issues related to shared media that simply do not work properly. Last night, they were all closed, with a message ‘Wontfix, Snowglobe 1.x is dead now’.
My personal choice is to move forward with Dolphin 2.x. I have been using my internal test build almost exclusively in the last few weeks, and I am really happy with it. I encourage you to try it – so far there is only a Linux version, but the Windows and Mac versions will follow soon.