Bye Banshee: Rhythmbox on Slackware64-14.2

rhythmboxI’m sad to report that I will no longer update my packages for Banshee. The current Banshee repository works fine on Slackware 14.2, but I won’t put any more work into it.

The development of Banshee seems to have come to a complete halt and parts of the software aren’t working anymore. YouTube support is gone for a long time, Last.FM is missing a lot of features and all website-related functionalities use webkitgtk which is full of security holes and won’t get any updates in the future.

But fear not, because there is a good alternative: I have put up a new repository with a full-blown Rhythmbox. You can switch to that, if you want.

Other than, this repository also includes a lot of thirdparty plugins (Android, Ampache, System Tray, Equalizer, a tempo plugin, YouTube search and many more), WebKit2 support, Visualizations and all of the python libraries that are needed to drive those things.

In short: You get everything. Except Brasero, because nobody burns CDs anymore and I don’t want to include it. 😛

This will be continually updated and improved.

How to install:

Get slackpkg+, then edit /etc/slackpkg/slackpkgplus.conf and make sure you alter REPOPLUS and add MIRRORPLUS to create a new repository ‘rhythmbox’:

REPOPLUS=( slackpkgplus rhythmbox )

Then install it:

slackpkg update gpg
slackpkg install rhythmbox

That’s it! Now you can use it. If you want to enable some additional features like Avahi support or the dark theme, see here for further instructions.


You cannot import your playcounts from Banshee into Rhythmbox, but it is possible to import your ratings:

1. In Banshee, create one playlist for each of the rating points (One Star, Two Stars, …)
2. Export each playlist to M3U
3. Open Rhythmbox, click on the “+”-Icon on the bottom left and choose “Load from file”
4. Import the playlist – you can now choose all tracks in the playlist with CTRL+A and do right click -> Properties
5. Adjust the rating level based on the imported playlist.

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