Lots of Civil hacking. I'm actually getting somewhere, and hundreds of lines of old and obsolete code is getting mercilessly slaughtered. Much fun is being had. ;)
I also tried to get GStreamer to compile. Well, it compiled ok and also installed ok. I didn't bother reading any docs at all, so I didn't find anything evident that would actually show it stream some G:s. There was a gst-player package, so I tried that too. It didn't compile at all. Complains about some undefined functions that just don't seem to be available in either GStreamer or the player itself. The link line that barfed out seemed to link in hundreds of Gnome libraries and it looked just too messy, so I didn't bother trying to find out what it actually does, why it does it and what can be done to not do it.
So much for that testing then... All libraries should IMHO always have a simple "Hello world" application that shows in some trivial way that the lib is actually working so that one doesn't have to try to install all kinds of different extra stuff just to see the lib doing something.