What is it:
The Skin Development Repository is a repo that will only contain skins that have entered the beta/rc stage but are not official repo ready.
Users usually need to pull the skin code from a online repository and install it through some workaround. This can limit the test userbase or creates some issues when they install it wrong.
Some skinners offer a repo by themselves where they push their release, however this requires some work from their side.
So to provide some help for our dedicated skinners and providing the userbase who are willing to live on the edge
a central point of helping to test nearly completed skins before they are added to XBMC.org offcial repo we would like to offer the Skin Development repo.
To be clear this is in no way meant to replace offcial repo. This repo is merely a stepping stone with reduced guidelines before you feel ready to submit to offcial repo.
- Skins do not need to be completely finished but should have all major skin dialogs coded
- Skin should be considered ready for beta testing.
- You need to regularly update your skin so it doesn't end up being stale for months.
You decide when you update the development repo, as we feel you need to be in control of when you see it fit for updating.
We would like you to update your skin at regular interval with minimum of once a month and a maximum of around once every week.
This to not burden you and us and to keep the skin alive.
Don't forget to bump the skin version version (Major.Minor.Patch) for each update.
You can choose to keep the your skin id or add .dev behind it. It's up to you.
Do note that not adding .dev behind the id is the wisest thing to do because it makes it easier for user to switch to the final stable version.
Send us the same e-mail like you would do for the official repo but mentioning it is for the development repo.
Since there are no checks done, adding/updating should be done quite quickly.
Allowed: git/svn/zip pulls, just like the normal request.
If your skin is already in the official XBMC.org addon repo,
you can also use the development repo to test the next release of your skin.
Note to users:
By installing this repo you may receive the latest development version of a skin which is available in this repo which may be newer than the one you installed from official repo and will update your current stable version. This excludes the ones with the "development version" tag behind it.
Current skins listed:
An up to date list of skins in the Frodo repo can be found here.
An up to date list of skins in the Gotham repo can be found here.
For help on these skins see their forum threads.