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3 Aug 2010 (updated 4 Aug 2010 at 00:06 UTC) »

GUPnP A/V 0.5.8 released!

Changes since 0.5.7:

- Fix crashes in DIDLLiteContributor API.
- Remove incomplete and broken DLNA guessing code. Applications should use
gupnp-dlna now for all their DLNA needs.
- Do set the 'dlna:profileID' property of 'albumArtURI' node and treat it as
mandatory as per DLNA guidelines (
- Prefer non-transcoded resources over transcoded ones when choosing compatible
resources for a particular MediaRenderer.
- Minor correction to DIDL filtering code.
- Some other minor improvements/fixes.

Bug fixed in this release:

2187 - GUPnPDIDLLiteContributor class doesn't work

All contributors to this release:

Zeeshan Ali (Khattak)

Download source tarball from here

Syndicated 2010-08-03 23:02:00 (Updated 2010-08-03 23:09:29) from zeenix

Rygel 0.7.2 (Dream A Little Dream)

Rygel 0.7.2 (Dream A Little Dream) is out!

A new release in the current unstable 0.7.x series for upcoming GNOME 2.31.5

* MediaExport:
* Support DLNA's 'AnyContainer' upload extenstion.
* Only harvest media files. We use a positive list for file extensions to
include in the metadata extraction.
* Implement fallback to the default (slow) search implementation.
* Lower severity for some of the console messages.
* Update code according to latest GStreamer Vala API fixes.
* Tracker:
* Improve Sparql query builder to achieve much better performance and reduced
D-Bus traffic.
* GstRenderer:
* Relicense from GPL to LGPL.
* More descriptive default title.
- Localization:
- Add Simplified Chinese translation.
- Add Traditional Chinese translation (Hong Kong and Taiwan).
- Updated Spanish translation.
- Various non-functional improvements to core and plugins.

All contributors to this release:

Aron Xu
Chao-Hsiung Liao
Jens Georg
Jorge González
Zeeshan Ali (Khattak)

Download source tarball from here

Syndicated 2010-07-12 17:35:00 (Updated 2010-07-12 17:35:01) from zeenix

Rygel 0.7.1 (Home on the Remains)

Rygel 0.7.1 (Home on the Remains) is out!

A new release in the current unstable 0.7.x series for upcoming GNOME 2.31.4

- Implement DLNA's 'AnyContainer' upload extenstion. This allows clients to
upload items without having to specify target container. Currently it only
works for the Tracker backend.
- Report types of items that could be created/uploaded in a container and allow
clients to search containers by this property.
- Port last bits of C code to Vala. Now Rygel is completely written in Vala.
- Make Rygel build/work against both current stable and unstable Vala releases.
- Offer SD transcoding in EU profile. Seems certain Sony Bravia TVs only
support EU profiles. With this change, they should at least be able to use the
SD transcoding.
- Two more unit tests.
- Provide default configuration for WMV transcoding.
- Correctly handle boolean commandline option for disabling WMV transcoder.
- External:
- Port the external plugin to use the new D-Bus MediaServer specification:
http://live.gnome.org/Rygel/MediaServer2Spec. The new specification is meant
to be very generic and scale well to large media hierarchies.
- Make use of search API when implemented by the external application.
- Various other performance improvements.
- Preferences UI:
- Improve resize behavior.
- Add missing bevel to URI tree view.
- Replace GtkVBox by GtkVButtonBox where appropriate.
- Localization:
- Added Punjabi Translation.
- Updated Norwegian bokmål translation.
- Updated Galician translations.
- Updated Spanish translation.
- Updated Hebrew translation.
- Various non-functional improvements.

Dependency-related changes:

- Require gtk+-3.0 >= 2.90.3.
- Require gupnp-av >= 0.5.7.
- Require gupnp-vala >= 0.6.7.

Bugs fixed in this release:

593628 - mp2ts transcoder not working with certain Bravia TV models.
596214 - URI table is missing bevel.

All contributors to this release:

Zeeshan Ali (Khattak)
Eric Anderson
A S Alam
Fran Diéguez
Jorge González
Kjartan Maraas
Yaron Shahrabani

Download source tarball from here

Syndicated 2010-06-24 23:38:00 (Updated 2010-06-24 23:38:42) from zeenix

Bridging UPnP Networks

As part of this years Google Summer of Code, Sunil Ghai (a student from India) has taken-up the task of securely bridging multiple UPnP networks across the internet. You can follow the progress of the project through Sunil's blog.

Before you say it, yes! I did get the idea from my "competitors" but unlike them, we are going to do it the (UPnP) standard and efficient (as usual) way.

Syndicated 2010-06-17 23:39:00 (Updated 2010-06-17 23:39:15) from zeenix

GUPnP 0.13.4 & GUPnP AV 0.5.6 released!

GUPnP 0.13.4 released!

Changes since 0.13.3:

- GUPnPService should remove all handlers installed on the shared SoupServer
instance when it is disposed.
- Fixate subscription timeout to be 300s as per DLNA requirement (
- Correct type of action argument of GUPnPService::action-invoked.
- Remove redundant copying of GValue content in a few places.
- Handle multiple variables inside property node in event notifications to be
compatible with server-side implementations using older GUPnP
- Fix syntax of event notifications with multiple properties.
- Add/fix gobject-introspection annotations for various functions.
- Some non-functional improvements.

Bugs fixed in this release:

2084 - Add scope annotations to various functions
2131 - GUPnPServiceAction is a boxed, not a pointer
2086 - Fix gtk-doc format on all functions in public GUPnP API

All contributors:

Sven Neumann
Zeeshan Ali (Khattak)
Zach Goldberg

Download source tarball from here

GUPnP AV 0.5.6 released!

Changes since 0.5.5:

- Optimize namespace handling in DIDL-Lite handling code.
- Hide internal function gupnp_didl_lite_object_new_from_xml().
- Remove new redundant gupnp_didl_lite_container_new_from_xml().
- Free the array allocated by xmlGetNsList().

All contributors to this release:

Sven Neumann
Zeeshan Ali (Khattak)

Download source tarball from here

Syndicated 2010-06-15 12:13:00 (Updated 2010-06-15 12:13:48) from zeenix

Roommate for GUADEC

I am looking for someone to share a room with in a hostel/hotel in Hague during GUADEC. If you are interested, please send me a mail.

Syndicated 2010-06-11 12:49:00 (Updated 2010-06-11 12:49:03) from zeenix

Rygel 0.7.0 (Picture if You Will) is out!

Rygel 0.7.0 (Picture if You Will) is out!

This release marks the start of the new unstable release-cycle. This is also the
release cycle that will be integrated into GNOME 2.31 (and 3.0 eventually).
Changes since 0.6.0:

- Exit on failure to load any plugins in 5 seconds.
- Add icon to preferences UI's desktop file.
- Correct error on missing 'Elements' node in 'CreateObject' action from client.
- Advertize upload features in 'X_DLNACAP' in device description.
- Remove comments from description files as per DLNA requirement (
- Don't allow comments in DIDL-Lite from client either. This is to satisfy the
DLNA Confirmation Test Tool rather than DLNA itself.
- Don't advertize unimplemented actions.
- autogen.sh should create m4 directory if it doesn't exist already.
- Correct Icon path in preferences UI for uninstalled case.
- Specify on debug log where rygel is currently looking for plugins.
- Localization:
- Don't translate all strings in media-export plugin.
- No need to translate Mediathek plugin.
- Add Hebrew translation.
- Add Swedish translation.
- Add Czech translation.
- More Spanish translations.
- More Slovenian translations.
- More German translations.
- MediaExport:
- Fix search result. Search was returning the the result for the current
limits, not the overall result count. This lead to strange behaviour on
e.g. XBox 360.
- Optimize searches. Noticable speed improvements on XBox music browsing.
- Fix broken SQL query to get object by path.
- Remove redundant custom tag for duration.
- Make harvesting of metadata optional.
- Re-enable simple mode which means we exporting media on the UPnP network
even if no meta-data extractor is available.
- Remove redundant URI table from database.
- Work around a problem in GStreamer element playbin2.
- Explain the term 'harvest' for translators.
- Many non-functional improvements.

All contributors to this release:

Zeeshan Ali (Khattak)
Jens Georg
Andrej Žnidaršič
Daniel Nylander
Fran Diéguez
Jorge González
Mario Blättermann
Petr Kovar
Yaron Shahrabani

Download source tarball here.

Syndicated 2010-06-07 19:07:00 (Updated 2010-06-07 19:07:05) from zeenix

Part of GNOME 3.0

The decision for inclusion of modules into GNOME (3.0) just came-in and proposal for Rygel was approved. \o/ Now I better get it working. :)

Syndicated 2010-06-01 23:59:00 (Updated 2010-06-01 23:59:01) from zeenix


So last saturday I got married to this amazing woman I've been in love with for the last 3 years of my life. Except for the start of the wedding (when I was extremely nervous) I enjoyed the whole event a lot. That includes the bachelor's party that my awesome friends threw me 2 days before the wedding. Here are some pictures worth sharing, the first one being from Bachelor's party, as you can guess:

Although many people helped in different ways, three people that deserve the most appreciation are Timo (my best man) who arranged the Bachelor's party, Anna Haukka who was the main official photographer and Tiina Taxell (Bride's maid). Also special Thanks to Edward to arrange some important things before the wedding and Christian (also my best man) for bringing Edward so early in the morning and the rings. :)

One of the weird things about my wedding was that it brought many hackers from all around Europe to Helsinki for a few days. :)

Syndicated 2010-06-01 23:44:00 (Updated 2010-06-01 23:44:07) from zeenix

Rygel 0.6.0 (The Way We Weren't) is out!

Rygel 0.6.0 (The Way We Weren't) is out!

This release marks the start of the new stable release-cycle. Changes since

- Localization:
- Fix translation framework.
- Mark all (possibly) user-visible string for translation.
- Use more translator-friendly language.
- Provide comments for translators.
- Correctly case abbreviations.
- Translations:
- German (de) 100%
- Slovenian (sl): 100%
- Spanish (es): 57%
- Fix time-seeking.
- Fix a potential race-condition in aborted HTTP requests.
- Don't stream if request is for subtitles.
- Use bigger (64Ki) buffers when streaming from gstreamer source element.
- Remux only if transcoding is not needed.
- Configuration option for specifying plugin load path.
- Add configuration from Environment.
- Fix port specification through commandline.
- Add and expose Rygel logo.
- Pause streaming pipeline when/if client isn't reading fast enough.
- Add more unit tests.
- Use gnome-autogen.sh.
- Add missing libuuid to build and linker flags for all plugins.
- Plugins are now able to provide a model description.
- MediaExport:
- File size change suggests file change.
- Move media DB and metadata harvesting code from core to module as this is
the only module that is using it.
- External plugin now sets model description.
- Lots of non-functional improvements and fixes.

Dependency-related changes:

- Sqlite now only needed for media-export plugin.

Bugs fixed in this release:

617762 Wrong file size exported to PS3
590649 LiveResponse does not rate limit the GStreamer pipeline
615834 Uses ALL_LINGUAS in configure.ac
616189 Translation issues
617750 Only re-encode audio and video when necessary

All contributors to this release:

Zeeshan Ali (Khattak)
Jens Georg
Mario Blättermann
Jorge González
Andrej Žnidaršič

Download source tarball here.

More info on the project on Rygel home page.

Syndicated 2010-05-15 14:05:00 (Updated 2010-05-15 14:05:09) from zeenix

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