[LAD] Fwd: [Maybe OT] Linux Audio Apps Clasification

Daniel Vidal danielvidalchornet at gmail.com
Fri Nov 6 11:10:46 UTC 2009

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From: Daniel Vidal <danielvidalchornet at gmail.com>
Date: 2009/11/6
Subject: Re: [LAD] [Maybe OT] Linux Audio Apps Clasification
To: Pedro Lopez-Cabanillas <pedro.lopez.cabanillas at gmail.com>

Thx Pedro (¿i can say "gracias Pedro?)

    Yes... i read the standars before post. But my call is not only to make
new categories but also to apply existing ones... a very large number of
audio apps comes with only "AudioVideo" tag...

    And yes... This task can be done for other people than developers... in
fact the Suse packagers do this task to manage menus... Debian make your own
.desktop files and put your own submenu... but only take two posible tags...
"sound" and "video". The problem remains unsolved.

  I can also edit the .desktop files to put my own categories... but i think
this is not a practical solution... if the user update any app... these
changes can be lost... and the user can view how the app disapear from the


2009/11/6 Pedro Lopez-Cabanillas <pedro.lopez.cabanillas at gmail.com>

On Tuesday, November 3, 2009, Daniel Vidal wrote:
> >    I'am now working on making personalized menus for Musix distro. I try
> to
> > do this task using the freedesktop rules, using .desktop files and the
> > "Categories" field. This is a real problem. All audio Apps put
> "AudioVideo"
> > tag... and all apps apear together on a single menu option... Mixers
> merged
> > with synths... with DAWs... with virtual keyboards... Well... when the
> user
> > chooses the "multimedia" option of system menu... the submenu have three
> > columns of apps... Only a little set of apps put more specific tag like
> > "Midi" or "Synthesis"...
> I would strongly recommend to adhere to the published standards:
> http://standards.freedesktop.org/menu-spec/latest/apa.html
> If there is a real need for more registered categories, the way to go is to
> propose the new categories to be included in future releases of the
> standard.
> Some of your proposed additional categories correspond to registered ones:
> >    AudioPlayer
> Player; Audio or Video or AudioVideo
> >    Mixer
> Mixer;AudioVideo;Audio;
> >    WaveEditor
> >    ScoreEditor
> AudioVideoEditing; Audio or Video or AudioVideo
> There are other already existing categories:
> Midi;AudioVideo;Audio;
> Sequencer;AudioVideo;Audio
> Recorder; Audio or Video or AudioVideo
> Music; AudioVideo or Education
> Regards,
> Pedro
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