From the start RoPieee’s goal has bene very clear: A RoonBridge only endpoint which requires a minimal setup.
I think this worked out nicely, but through those years I had to say ‘NO’ quite a few times to people that were requesting other streaming solutions (Airplay, DLNA etc.) to be added to RoPieee. And while I don’t regret saying ‘NO’ in general (saying ‘no’ is one of the most difficult things in product mgt), it made me think if there was another way to provide this functionality without sacrificing RoPieee’s ease of use.
And I think I’ve got a solution for that: RopieeeXL. Right now vaporware (so don’t start asking for a download link ) , but all the fundamentals are in place: a configuration system, an update system and a packaging system.
So the plan is this: RoPieee will get a big brother that provides more functionality besides ‘just Roon’. But it will be delivered in a different package: so no ‘bloatware’ (I hear you @Geoff_Coupe), but a different image that adds the additional functionality.
With this RoPieee won’t compromise on it’s promise, but I don’t need to say ‘NO’ to everyone asking for the other stuff.
“But how can you promise us that RoPieeeXL won’t get more attention than the little one?”
That’s fairly easy: I myself am a Roon-only guy. I love it and never feel a need to use something else so I guess we’re safe on that front
That also means I need some people here willing to test things out because I don’t have all platforms available. For example: I can’t test Airplay because I don’t have an Apple infrastructure (and believe me: I never ever will ).
So when? I’ve been working on this for some time and I hope to release a first beta soonish. First only with DLNA/UPnP as additional service, but from there on we can extend quite easily.
So we’re not there yet, but considering the recent discussions over here where people where starting to experiment themselves I wanted to inform you guys to prevent a “he dude, couldn’t you tell that before I spend my holiday on this?” kinda discussions.
I really hope that I’ve convinced those that like RoPieee because of it’s simplicity that I’m not going to change that.