First of all, I love the concept of LinuxMCE, and props to all of you who have been putting in so much work to get this project off the ground. There's still a long way to go, but I think this idea is worth pushing forward. In fact, I've been envisioning writing my own HTPC software for the last 6 months because I haven't been happy with anything out there. Then I found LMCE and guess what - there's about an 80% overlap between your vision and mine. So count me in for helping out with this project after I get my system up and running (currently in progress).
There is just one small detail. Even though I've been a professional developer for almost 20 years, it has been about 8 years since I used C/C++ regularly (although that is all I used the previous 12 years). In fact, I loathe the idea of having to use C again, and the few times I have to use it at my job, it makes me wish I was getting a root canal instead. (just kidding
). I am a Java developer through and through, and specifically I have a lot of experience with Eclipse plugins, RCP applications, and the SWT toolkit. Before you C guys roll your eyes and start throwing out all the same old arguments - I defy you to look at a good SWT application and tell the difference between a native Windows/OSx/GTK application. It's that good, both in performance and host OS integration.
OK, so that being said, I really want to be able to help out with this project, and if push came to shove I would probably be willing to dust off my C++ skills for short and specific tasks. But I feel I have a lot to offer with my Java/RCP/SWT skills, particularly in the 2 areas where I see that LMCE needs the most help - media management and UI customization. Now maybe work is already underway in these areas, and I certainly don't want to step on anyone's toes, but if not, I would love to look into either rewriting the GUI editor (forgot the name, but I know everyone complains about it) or adding a nice media library frontend with IMDB and TVDB integration, etc. I promise you I could write nice apps using Java that would make even the Windoze MCE people drool.
I just wanted to get some feedback on this idea before I get my hopes up.