Some aMSN2 updates
Ok, today I’m talking about a topic you probably don’t know (yet): aMSN2.
Let’s go straight to the point: aMSN2 is the next generation MSN clone. Multiplatform, multifrontend (yeah, I meant multifrontend) and written in Python.
I’ve been working on the core and on the Qt4 frontend. I wanted to show you a screencast, but somehow something went nuts on my PC and everything I can get is a crappy video full of redrawing bugs. But nevermind, I took some photos 🙂
Oh, yeah, the Qt4 login window, powered by QSS super powers, copyright by Profox. Already working with all the goodness. But let me show you something more interesting…
aMSN2 is the widget on the left, with my test account logged in. I made some chatting with my real account logged into emesene (on the right) to demonstrate chatting works.
Ok, chatting GUI still sucks, but what matters the most is that aMSN2 can already chat, send/receive typing notifications, send/receive nudges & status updates, and receive custom emoticons (even if they’re not correctly handled yet). In short, it’s taking shape 🙂
Please don’t forget this is still work in progress, unstable, it might kill random members of your family or pets. And, quoting Kakaroto, every time the “When will it be released?” question get asked, we delay release of a month. So keep quiet!
But, for developers’ sake, we have a git repository where we keep the code. It is here: http://github.com/drf/amsn2/tree/master .
If you’re interested in helping (we need EFL, GTK, Cocoa [Mac frontend], Qt, and general python developers), just fork the repository, work on some patches, and send a pull request. One of the reason we are using git in this stage it’s that it makes external contribution easier. Not to mention the #amsn channel on freenode, our base.
So stay excited, and see you on next aMSN post!