no, this won't be a constructive thread.
The only thing I will say from my point of view is this: We have a gazillion pieces where we have problems. Playback of ripped/downloaded mkv's is one of them. It is not on priority number one.
We use xine as our media playback engine. Eventually this might change. It won't for the foreseeable future, due to the things you already know, like missing manpower.
Thanks for the neutral reply. OK Granted downloading files does prove problematic. I am not into that (I already rebuild windows xp about every three months so adding insult to injury by downloading viruses or trojans does not excite me). I own 2000+ movies they are all boxed up in the basement, I have ripped everyone of those movies, with various different programs. All my movies be them HD 1080P are ripped to .mkv as much as 3 years ago latest with makemkv (when we had to make profiles - LOL) or tsmuxer turned into .mkv or .ts files so downloading with new versions for me is not the issue going from a playable xbmc system to a non-playable media system is to re-gress. I can demux a couple files and test just the raw video or audio to test as well, but the fact remains anything VC1 is not playing nor H264 outside a blocky non-synced mplayer svn from 01/2010 via jya's repos.
In the past what I did was actually have an MD and a 2nd ubuntu machine in the same cabinet in the living room and setup the 2nd pc as a dvd device which then a scenario did the switching and used xbmc I can do that again with this system but having two machines at every md location make things expensive. I wish I could code I would love to throw my hat in the ring with you guys and help with something.
It would be different if anything I tried from the desktop even gave a glimmer of hope but nothing seems to work even from the desktop.
Devs- this is not a beat up the devs thread please note that I am ONLY trying to bring any options to the surface to make this possible.
purps, I will give that a go and it may work ON The DESKTOP but no integration from the UI.