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The convergent client is now at the point where if one is enthusiastic enough then they could use it day-to-day. Actually, I’ve been doing just that last few days. To celebrate that I requested for it to be added to Flathub. After some really helpful review process it was accepted and now one could find the Euterpe client there. So without further explanations Flathub Download Page For some reason this was really motivating.
GTK Client
For some time now I’ve been working on a GTK client for Euterpe. One meant to work on both mobile and desktop Linux. Think about phones such as PinePhone, Librem 5. But about your homey Linux on the desktop machine too. It is still a very early alpha and certainly misses almost all of the features one expects from a media player. But I’ve reached a state where one could actually use it to play music from their server, albeit by manually clicking on every song after one finishes.
Live Demo & Screenshots
I am a big believer in the “Show, Don’t Tell” doctrine. So this means I would’ve made everything in my power to make sure people would know what Euterpe looks like and how it feels to used it, right? Unfortunately, I didn’t live to this standard. Up to this point a person coming to the website would’ve been hard pressed to imagine what to expect from this magical and clearly superior music streaming service.
The time has come where “HTTPMS” is finally renamed to “Euterpe”. I’ve been thinking about a new name since the very beginning of the project. At the same time it seemed like too much bother so I was pushing it down the road. And enduring the bad name all along. It was looking too much like “HTTPS” so even I myself was constantly writing it wrong. Fortunately, to this day there is no https program or command on a standard Linux installation.
Euterpe Joins the Dark Side
I’ve been using dark themes for quite some time now. For everything, from the terminal to the OS to the browser. But at the back of my mind was always this nagging voice. It always said some version of “But you haven’t done any dark versions of your own interfaces, why would you expect anyone else to do so?” Well, no more! I can safely say that this devil has been slain.
In the last decade people (in the western countries at least) are moving away from buying their music on physical medium. Instead they tend to subscribe to a streaming service such Spotify, Google Play Music (R.I.P.) and iTunes. Streaming is certainly more convenient. You don’t have to lug around real-world objects in order to listen to your music, you don’t have to decide which part of the music collection to actually cary with you and most importantly, you don’t have to change the vinyl, tape or CD every 40 minutes or so.