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songbird leaves linux

Songbird is a free and open source software audio player and web browser. Songbird utilizes the cross-platform frameworks, Mozilla's XULRunner and GStreamer media framework, and largely capable of running on Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X, Solaris and Linux.


A recent blog post on the SongBird blog states that the Linux version will be discontinued:

After careful consideration, we’ve come to the painful conclusion that we should discontinue support for the Linux version of Songbird. Some of you may wonder how a company with deep roots in Open Source could drop Linux and we want you to know it isn’t without heartache.
 We have a small engineering team here at Songbird, and, more than ever, must stay very focused on a narrow set of priorities. Trying to deliver a raft of new features around all media types, and across a growing list of devices, we had to make some tough choices.


A Linux version will be maintained but those builds will not be tested and may not get some of the new features the other builds will be getting.


SongBird got 4% of our ongoing "Best Linux Music Player" poll votes so far and even though many consider it a resource hog, it's still sad to see such an application leave the Linux world.



Thanks to Linuxologist!
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