Monday, February 23, 2009

Rygel 0.2.2 is out

Changes since 0.2:

- Use the new (0.6.9) Tracker API.
- Priority of gio-based streams are based on requested DLNA transfer mode.
- GIO-based/like asynchronous plugin API.
- Adapt to latest changes in gupnp-vala API.
- Serialization of media objects isn't done by media objects themselves anymore, but by a new separate class, Rygel.DIDLLiteWriter.
- Internal API is marked 'internal' so it doesn't get to our (Vala) API.
- MediaObject now derives from GLib.Object.
- Generic AsyncResult implementation, SimpleAsyncResult.
- StateMachine interface that all state machines classes implement.
- Visible performance improvements in Tracker plugin by proper use of Tracker APIs.
- Use Filename.to_string() and therefore make Bastien happy.
- Require lastest version (0.1.5) of libgee to use List.slice().
- Don't limit the number of objects returned to a client, let it decide that on it's own.
- Proper handling of update notification to the client by use of a very simple bubble-up mechanism for containers to signal updates.
- Decrease needed gconf version to 2.16.
- Set application name and therefore make Lennart happy.
- Require latest version of vala (0.5.7) and gupnp-vala (0.5.3).
- Allow multiple URIs for each media items.
- Response for seekable media request is now sent buffer by buffer so the whole file is not put into memory.
- Some improvements to build system.
- Lots of other improvements and bugfixes.

Download source tarball from here:
http://ftp.acc.umu.se/pub/GNOME/sources/rygel/0.2/

Rygel is an implementation of the UPnP MediaServer V 2.0 specification
that is specifically designed for GNOME (Mobile). It is based on
GUPnP and is written (mostly) in Vala language. Project was
previously known as gupnp-media-server.

More info at: http://live.gnome.org/Rygel

GSSDP 0.6.4, GUPnP 0.12.6 and GUPnP Vala 0.5.3

GSSDP 0.6.4 released

New in this release:

- Send ssdp:byebye before sending the first ssdp:alive. [Jussi Kukkonen]
- Moderate the outbound SSDP messages. [Jussi Kukkonen]
- Documentation fixes. [Jussi Kukkonen]
- Send byebyes in dispose without sleep. [Jussi Kukkonen]
- Use g_set_error_literal(). [Jorn Baayen]
- Depend on glib 2.18. [Jorn Baayen]
- Do not byebye unavailable resources. [Jorn Baayen]
- All resources must respond to "ssdp:all" messages. [Hugo Calleja, Jorn Baayen]

Download from here: http://gupnp.org/sources/gssdp/gssdp-0.6.4.tar.gz
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GUPnP 0.12.6 released:

New in this release:

- Port to FreeBSD. [Romain Tartière]
- Ship the XML files needed for example app. [Romain Tartière]
- Keep a reference on the control-point during signal emission. [Sven Neumann]
- Allow passing NULL to ControlPoint constructor, for default resource
factory. [Sven Neumann]
- Remove debug output that accidentally went in with the last commit.
[Sven Neumann]

Download from here: http://gupnp.org/sources/gupnp/gupnp-0.12.6.tar.gz
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GUPnP Vala 0.5.3 released:

New in this release:

- Service::action_invoked.action is now 'owned' by the handler.
- Remove all generated files on `make clean`.
- Tell Vala that ServiceAction doesn't have ref/unref functions.
- Add a pkg-config file for gupnp-vala.
- Require latest vala, gssdp and gupnp.

Download from here: http://gupnp.org/sources/bindings/gupnp-vala-0.5.3.tar.gz

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Writing Rygel plugins

While I had been trying my best to make sure writing Rygel plugins is easier than frying eggs before my FOSDEM presentation, I was quite disappointed about how the presentation actually went. I thought I simply lost everyone in there by the end of th presentation and didn't get to make a very good impression. But seems the ease of writing Rygel plugins didn't go unnoticed in that presentation after all since I happen to catch the attention of at least one developer, Jens Georg who is working on two plugins for Rygel and you can follow the progress on his blog.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Geek Humor

I was poked by a Salvatore Iovene, a very good friend and colleague from time to time to have a look at his comic series. I always thought I should have a look at it as it might be good but then I used to forget about it. Today he poked me again (this time when i was sitting in front of a computer) and I did have a look at it. Oh boy! this is some really great stuff. If you like Geek Humor, I strongly recommend it. Some trailor: