Thursday 26 November 2009

Sound Juicer "So give me a hug, it's your birthday" 2.26.2

Ross should be celebrating his birthday, so here comes a release of the old stable sound-juicer, with plenty of fixes you already saw in 2.28.1.

* Fix warning on startup when the configured drive doesn't exist (Bastien Nocera)
* Fix a number of leaks and crashes when the audio CD isn't known in MusicBrainz (BN)
* Disable paranoia when playing back the CD (BN)
* Fix CD-Text metadata using gvfs to work (BN)
* Don't truncate submission URLs (BN)
* Set MusicBrainz UUID in files, not a full URL (Philipp Wolfer)

Friday 20 November 2009

Sticky tape

Google might know how to write a web browser, but writing an OS certainly isn't their forte.

You might have seen Matthew's mention of the acpid hacks, some of the other sources are just as funny to read.

Thursday 19 November 2009

Fedora 12, and beyond

Fedora 12

Fedora 12 got released yesterday, with plenty of nice new features.

My hand in that was the running bluetoothd on-demand, work on gnome-volume-control and its profile switching (meaning dead-easy 5.1 support), enhancements in the GNOME Bluetooth UI (which you probably already saw if you use Fedora 11), the PAN support in NetworkManager.

The stuff I really like is:
- the Bluetooth PAN support, so I can install the non-free wireless drivers on my laptop (which lacks Ethernet)
- the new notification theme
- the awesome work on KMS, and performance enhancements, which means I now use a GL compositing manager on all my machines
- the out-of-the-box mounting of my iPod Touch, though music syncing is still some way away.

You might want to read Matthias' interview for the Fedora 12 release.

Fedora 13

More recently work has started on Fedora 13.

nautilus-sendto got its own plugin API now, so you can extend it whilst keeping the code closer to your application or library. Empathy in GNOME 2.30 will take advantage of that. Pascal Terjan worked on the Pidgin plugin to make it use the Pidgin D-Bus interface, which means we don't need a Pidgin plugin to talk to nautilus-sendto anymore. Both changes are in Fedora 12 and Fedora 13.

Totem finally got some of my time, and a number of bug fixes have gone into the GNOME 2.28 and unstable branches. In master, we now have a nice OSD, disk-buffering of streams, reverse frame-stepping, and RTSP/HTTP authentication. Much thanks to the GStreamer guys, and Wim in particular, for making those last 3 items possible in Totem.

There's a few more items I'm still working on that'll sure please the crowds :)

Wednesday 11 November 2009

A little OSD

Totem in master now has purdy OSD when you press a key, or a key on your remote control, and you're in fullscreen. Note that this requires compositing.

Screenshot streaming the Avatar HD trailer

Thursday 5 November 2009

Get Moblin, get GNOME

If you were to install the new Moblin 2.1 somewhere, you'd be getting a gnome-bluetooth powered Bluetooth panel.

All the code lives upstream in the gnome-bluetooth module on master.

Wednesday 4 November 2009

No more stuttering

Today, as some of you guessed from my teaser yesterday, I finished implementing on-disk buffering in Totem, using playbin2's new features.

Using Totem in master with this gstreamer patch, Totem will start playing back videos as soon as enough buffering has been done on disk.

Note that this will only work for QuickTime and FLV streams, but that means that the YouTube Totem plugin and streaming trailers from Apple's website just got better, and should allow us to implement stream saving very soon.

Tuesday 3 November 2009

Notice anything?

Answers on a postcard (or in the comments).